Located in Lyngby, adjacent to the Technical University of Denmark, LIFE Campus is operated by the non-profit LIFE Foundation and was founded with the mission of inspiring Danish school children to become engaged in their formative years with inquiry-based science education, with the organization’s new 5,400-square-meter facility equipped with extensive AV systems and control networks designed and installed by the consulting and integration firm Stouenborg that include more than 60 Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers.
“The LIFE Foundation is an ambitious project with the purpose of strengthening young students’ knowledge of — and fascination with — the natural sciences,” says Mogens Laursen Hastrup, head of AV operations for the campus. “Therefore, we wanted to have only the best technical elements in our education center. And that includes outstanding sound systems which afford extraordinary opportunities for auditory support of teaching.”
For large group learning experiences, LIFE Campus offers the Kolossalen (“Colossal Hall”), a large open space that can be divided into two separate rooms. All the walls can serve as projection screens using 11 Panasonic projectors, and to control the acoustics the wall surfaces employ a perforated metal material that helps keep the reverb time to an intelligibility-friendly 0.8 seconds.
One side of the room, with a tiered floor, is termed “Auditorium 180.” Here, sound and visuals are oriented to one side with Meyer Sound CAL 96 column array loudspeakers — concealed behind the perforated wall/screen surface — using beam steering technology with beam-splitting capability to precisely tailor coverage to the tiered seating areas.
The other half of the space, when divided and enclosed, is referred to as “Auditorium 360.” It offers spatial audio enabled by Meyer Sound’s Spacemap Go spatial sound design and mixing tool. Using an iPad interface, Spacemap Go allows the user to move sounds around and through the space, directing them to the 26 full-range loudspeakers and four subwoofers, either singly or in loudspeaker groups.
“When designing this space, we consulted with workgroups of teachers and tech personnel,” notes Anders Jørgensen, project manager for Stouenborg. “They wanted to have 360-degree projection, and although Spacemap Go had not yet been introduced, I knew it was coming. I recommended we support the projection with dynamic spatial sound. The idea was accepted by the group, and fortunately Spacemap Go arrived in time.”
The Auditorium 360 system deploys 12 HMS-10 surround loudspeakers around the walls, with four more in the ceiling along with 10 UP-4slim compact loudspeakers. Four MM-10XP miniature subwoofers supply deep low frequencies.
A key element in making the concept work, according to Jørgensen, was the flat-profile of the HMS-10. “The speakers are all hidden behind the perforated walls, and the HMS-10s were the only ones with the power to project through the walls and still fit in the space allowed.”
The room’s capabilities have opened new horizons for learning, according to Mogens Laursen Hastrup. “The multi-room allows us to present scientific phenomena — such as extreme weather, atomic structure, or lunar landscapes — in completely new ways to get the pupils’ attention and stimulate their interest. The dream is that, when they leave LIFE Campus at the end of the day, they think science is cool and they want to learn more.”
Other Meyer Sound loudspeakers are installed throughout the campus, with Ashby-8C ceiling models in the three laboratory classrooms (eight in each), in the large meeting room (four), and in the foyer (16). In the intimate canteen, full-range music reproduction is supplied by two MM-4XP miniature self-powered loudspeakers augmented by an MM-10ACX subwoofer.
“Our AV systems are crucial to the support of teaching at LIFE Campus,” summarizes Hastrup. “The projectors and sound systems are the first to be turned on in the morning and the last to be shut down at the end of the day.”
LIFE Campus was designed by Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects. The architecture is inspired by DNA strings, Fibonacci sequences, and other scientific and mathematical patterns. The façade features 96 solid oak columns. Major funding for the LIFE Foundation is provided by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. At Integrated Systems Europe 2022, LIFE Campus won an Inavation Award in the “Education” category.