Atmospheric design

Gallerian in Stockholm – Urban Sound Institute (USIT)

By using directed speakers and paraboles, the research group Urban Sound Institute (USIT) brings a welcome intermission to the busy soundscape in the mall “Gallerian”, Stockholm. The added background sound, changing over time, connects with the site-specific qualities in the mall, such as the reverberation in the hall. The installation creates variation in the sonic atmosphere. Not every visitor notices the audio enhancement, but it still awakens associations and offers a peace of mind. Apart from the venue documented here, two escalators are equipped with added sound.