Logomo Hall

Able to adapt its space to meet an unusually wide range of uses, Logomo Hall can provide a compact 1,100-seat space with a nearly square audience area for a chamber orchestra or it can become an elongated rectangle accommodating 3,500 for a rock concert – in the space of a few hours.

And the push of a button allows a permanently installed Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system to optimise its acoustical response for the event at hand, whether a concert, conference, play, or opera.

Logomo HallLocated in Turku, Finland, the hall is the centrepiece of a refurbished industrial complex. Sharing its space with a pre-function lobby, this extraordinary versatility is made possible by a massive seating stand that glides back and forth on compressed air cushions. One space shrinks while the other enlarges to form three hall sizes, while the stage also offers three configurations. These changes are supported by the adaptable nature of the sound system.

‘Constellation’s effect is extremely realistic,’ says Logomo Events & Venue Director, Janne Auvinen. ‘People don’t actually notice the system because it is so natural.’

A Meyer Sound D-Mitri digital audio platform powers the Constellation acoustic system. The ambient acoustic is picked up by 76 microphones and returned to the room as early reflections and late reverberations through 223 self-powered loudspeakers and 12 compact subwoofers.

Constellation is equipped with presets for nine hall/stage configurations, each with a full array of acoustical environments as defined by reverberation time, early decay time, strength, clarity, and bass ratio (warmth).

‘Music critics have given the hall good marks for concerts so far, though I don’t think they realise the whole acoustical environment was created by Constellation,’ Auvinen says. ‘I wish I could switch Constellation off in the middle of a concert to show them what the system is doing.’

Logomo HallThe Logomo development team specified Constellation early in the project, with Akukon acoustical consultants of Helsinki designing complementary physical acoustics for the implementation of Constellation. Studiotec Oy of Espoo supplied and installed the hardware components, with facilitation by CEO Peter Stråhlman and onsite project operations management by Uli Jetzinger.

Studiotec also supplied Logomo Hall’s sound reinforcement system, which comprises 16 Meyer Sound Mica and 12 Mina line array loudspeakers, four JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers and two UPQ-1P loudspeakers, eight 600-HP subwoofers, and six UM-100P and two UM-1P stage monitors. All components can be used as needed in multiple flown and ground-stacked configurations to suit the hall configuration and programme material, with processing for all requirements stored as presets in the D-Mitri digital audio platform.

‘Constellation is a crucial part of our public profile as a diverse arts and entertainment venue,’ Auvinen says. ‘We can stage operas, concerts, theatre, conferences, and even films without having to accept compromises in acoustics. That’s what makes the venue truly different.’

The Logomo arts and entertainment complex comprises several former railway workshop buildings now joined under one roof. The facilities include a restaurant, art galleries, workshops, offices, studios and meeting spaces. Logomo was developed by the Turku-founded real estate and construction company, Hartela Group, and is operated as a partnership between Hartela and the City of Turku. Hartela Group CEO Heikki Hartela retains a majority stake in the project and has taken an active role in project development, including the adoption of the Constellation acoustic system. Principal architect for Logomo Hall was Pekka Vapaavuori of Turku-based Arkva.

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