Innovative sound and well-composed architecture

The location is rather idyllic, especially given that Dynaudio is situated on a large industrial estate north of Skanderborg in central Jutland. The buildings are right next to a small area of woodland with mature deciduous trees. The motorway and the railway line are just a few hundred metres to the northwest, but it is the trees that dominate and provide a green backdrop.

The new R&D centre is beautifully integrated with Dynaudio’s existing buildings. The facility is on three levels, and with its prominent position, also has a strong signal effect. The architecture is simple, clear-cut and refined, and reflects the company’s own high-end products.

Dynaudio is world-renowned for its loudspeakers, which are used, among other things, in the automotive industry by VW and Bugatti. In 2015, the company was acquired by the Chinese electronics conglomerate Goertek for almost DKK 300 million, resulting in a strong capital injection and access to new technologies that are paving the way for a new chapter in Dynaudio’s history. The ambition is to become one of the world’s best competence centres for sound.

International environment with Scandinavian feel

The centre is a workplace for up to 50 audio engineers, who work in open-plan office environments with easy access to closed meeting and listening rooms. Completely in line with the light Scandinavian interiors, Troldtekt acoustic panels in the colour natural grey have been installed on the ceilings in both the offices and corridors.

An impressive 13 x 13 x 13-metre world-class anechoic measurement chamber is the technical heart of the building. New loudspeakers are tested in the black-painted 2,200-cubic-metre space, which has required extremely special sound insulation as the offices are placed around the chamber on three levels. When a loudspeaker is tested, it is lifted up to a height of six metres, after which 31 special reference microphones in a semi-circular arc measure its performance.

Facts

Project:
New R&D centre with advanced measuring chamber and space for 50 audio engineers for the high-end loudspeaker company Dynaudio in Skanderborg, Denmark.
Architects:
Arkitektfirmaet Frost Larsen
Client:
Dynaudio
Troldtekt Products
Ceiling panels:
Troldtekt acoustic panels & Troldtekt Plus
Colour:
Natural grey
Structure:
Fine (1.5 mm wood wool)
Edge design:
5 mm bevelled edges, K5, installed in Troldtekt C-60 profile system
Text & Photos
Text:
Thomas Mølvig, architect
Photos:
Thomas Mølvig, architect