Interiors which can generate the most unacceptable noise and echoes are most likely to be those where young people gather for work, play and socialising, such as schools, leisure centres and swimming pools. Fortunately, there now exists a high performance solution which many architects specify in the form of Troldtekt acoustic panels which not only reduce reverberation but are also aesthetically pleasing.
This solution has been used for Danish Social and Healthcare College which has relocated to the Aarhus suburb of Skejby. The new 13,000sqm building has been designed by Cubo architects to create a great sense of student community. It is intended to be a town within a town arranged around a central hub, the natural place for students to gather and access all the various levels and departments. In particular, the ‘sitting stairs’ and galleried walkways offer good views of life in the complex while emphasising interest and human scale.
Here, natural wood Troldtekt panels with a fine structure have been installed throughout the College to ensure good acoustics in the open and high ceilinged rooms while creating a particularly attractive and warm atmosphere.
Danish manufactured Troldtekt acoustic tiles are specified throughout the UK and Europe and can be delivered as either FSC or PEFC certified panels. They are manufactured using 100% natural wood fibres and their benefits are high sound absorption, high durability, natural breathability, low cost life cycle performance and sustainability. They are used to improve acoustics in many different projects, such as schools, leisure centres, pools, commercial and public buildings. Available in various sizes and in three grades from ultrafine to coarse, they can be left unpainted or painted in virtually any RAL colour.
Troldtekt sustainability has also been recognised with certification at Silver level within the Cradle to Cradle concept and earns gold on 4 out of 5 criteria in the Cradle to Cradle certification version 3.1. This international certification has been achieved because the panels do not contain hazardous substances and can be recycled.