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Community fit-out for Lapland cultural centre

David Davies 8 November 2011
Community fit-out for Lapland cultural centre

Community loudspeakers have been installed in the new 340-seat concert auditorium at the Korundi House of Culture, situated in the Lapland capital of Rovaniemi.

While designed to accommodate a wide variety of applications, the new facility is first and foremost a home for the Lapland Chamber Orchestra.

Complementing the striking aesthetics of the rest of the building, the new auditorium features an acoustic design devised by Danish professor Henrik Møller in collaboration with architect Juhani Pallasmaa. Materials, geometric shapes, dimensions and reflecting surfaces were selected to yield a naturally warm and translucently clear acoustic design.

The specification and installation of the auditorium’s sound system was handled by Vantaa-based Starlike Oy. The resulting design features left and right clusters of two Community iBOX iHP1566s per side, with the central cluster utilising two iHP1266s. Two 18-inch i118S subwoofers extend the low frequency power of the system, four iHP1266 loudspeakers provide movable fills and point effects, and twelve Community I/05 loudspeakers are used for surround sound. Power for all of the loudspeakers is delivered by Yamaha P-series amplifiers. The Yamaha DME24N was chosen for DSP and the mixer is a Yamaha LS9-16.

Starlike’s Sami Rautio commented: “With the acoustics so carefully designed into the auditorium, it was important to have a sound system that was extremely natural and well-balanced and with the flexibility to sound equally good at all power levels. Accurate dispersion and coverage were also critical so that the amplified sound didn’t alter the direct and reflected balance. To achieve such high standards we chose Community’s premium iBOX series loudspeakers.

“For such a critical client we had to provide an outstanding system and I’m very pleased with the results we achieved.”

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