Despite being the third-largest bank in Denmark, Jyske Bank’s branches look more like shopping malls or airport lounges, with inviting seats, video screens, magazines and a central coffee bar. And this relaxed, even playful feel also extends to the multipurpose auditorium that has been created from a rooftop meeting room at the bank’s headquarters in Silkeborg.
At the heart of the room is a Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system. “It’s magical that you can step inside and hear perfectly what everybody says; and if I’m whispering in a corner you can hear me perfectly at the other end,” says Anders Jørgensen of Copenhagen-based integrator Stouenborg.
While the Constellation system has been shortlisted for the Star Product award in the Corporate/Industrial section, it is the Teamwork Award nomination that Jørgensen is most proud of.
“We had a really productive collaboration with Meyer Sound,” he says. “Everyone we worked with knows what they’re doing, and knows what they’re talking about. If there’s something they’re not capable of, there’s always someone in the background who knows about that particular area.”
Additionally, this was an unusual project in that two integration companies were involved: Mertz chose local company AV Centret to install the AV and control systems, with Stouenborg concentrating on Constellation (including interfacing it with the AMX system). “It was also really good to work with Jyske Bank and AV Centret. It’s a big achievement to get two AV suppliers to work together – that doesn’t normally happen in Denmark.”
While Jørgensen admits to having initially felt uneasy at the prospect of working alongside a competitor, he’s very pleased with the outcome. “On the level that we worked together, it was really good – and we’re talking about working together in the future because we can complement each other on different projects.”
John Pellowe, Constellation project director at Meyer Sound, is equally effusive about both integrators’ attention to detail throughout the project. He says: “This is one of the most perfectly executed installations I’ve encountered – the quality of the work is just outstanding.”
To read more about the Jyske Bank project see the June issue of Installation.
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