LED ceiling welcomes visitors to Space
We’ve all seen LED floors – and those are great – but how about a LED ceiling? This is what was decided for the main entrance of Space – the new digital cultural center in Stockholm. The screen strikes an immediate tone already in the entrance, creates curiosity and acts as a communication channel for both Space and temporary event organizers.
The 23 meter long and 7 meter wide LED screen is mounted as an upside-down placed “U” in the ceiling at the main entrance to Space. The visual effect of the image is further extended by a mirror at one end and forms an enclosing framing of the entire entrance. The screen, a Samsung, has a pixel distance of 4 mm and makes up an area of approximately 5000 x 1700 pixels.
– We have worked intensively with both planning and installation of the screen and now it is finally in place, says Fredrik Lyckman, Senior Technical Advisor at Creative Technology.
This is the first time Creative Technology is building such a large LED screen in a ceiling. A specially constructed steel was set up first in order to attach and secure all LED panels. The tech team also had to take into account the sprinkler system, which resulted in eight gaps between the panels – something that in the end turned out to be a successful design concept.
Setting up the screen took about four weeks, and as the center was open to the public, the team could only work from early morning until the afternoon when visitors started to show up. Five technicians collaborated in setting up the panels in the previously mounted steel.
In order to play the graphic content in the best way possible, Watchout was chosen as the media server – mainly because the physical placement of the screens required a flexible playout system that could handle different rotations of individual LED panels.
The idea of the spectacular entrance is to draw attention and to give visitors an immediate idea of what Space is all about. Event organizers are welcome to produce their own content for the screen and can custom design the message to match their specific event, connecting the experience from beginning to end.
– The response to the screen has been extremely positive. People come in here and look up at the ceiling and ask what in the world have we done! People are very impressed, says Lyckman.
Space is a digital culture center in the heart of Stockholm city. A physical meeting place for the digital generation. Our concept combines key ingredients of digital culture – gaming, music, content creation and digital knowhow, all under one roof. We offer an inclusive environment for people to connect, collaborate and create – enabling communities to thrive and explore new opportunities.