There seems to be an empathy rather than division in the way he has approached the design, and this sense of equality is carried through to encompass all visitors. Wingårdh and his team very much designed the Spira Cultural Centre with accessibility in mind. “It’s probably the first big culture centre to be designed fully accessible for wheelchairs.” he explains, “you enter the halls in the middle of the seating, so for many of the seating rows you have to walk upwards, which means that you’re facing some of the people that are already seated.”
In Wingårdh’s hands, therefore, the audience members also become actors, and the spaces too perform through colours, materials and orientation. It is almost as if the meticulous acoustics are as much for the words, chatter and laughter of the spectators as for the music and voices of the artists on stage. Colour, sound, drama, encounters, textures, lighting, movement, even literary associations: the result is a total experience.