Sounding out multi-purpose venues

The Folkehuset Absalon in Copenhagen is an excellent example of the growing trend towards multi-use and multi-purpose cultural social centres. Designed to promote community cohesion with a flexible space to accommodate a variety of activities and services, multi-purpose venues are used to support everything from sport, leisure and learning through to childcare, heritage, culture, elderly needs, tourism, pop-up shops and events.

This award-winning project designed by Arcgency architects has taken a former Church with its high ceilings and transformed it into a flexible community centre with ‘living-room’ feel. Teeming with life every day, this is where people of all ages come together for communal meals, yoga, dancing and cultural events.

Troldtekt panels are frequently specified for these types of projects as a key way to control acoustics. If acoustic absorption is wrong, discomfort and irritation will result from the reverberations. If they are designed well, the participant’s interest will increase. This is particularly true if elderly people are using the space because ambient noise can quickly make the environment uninhabitable for them.

Specified throughout the UK and Europe, the benefits of 100% Troldtekt natural wood wool panels are said to include high sound absorption, high durability, natural breathability, low cost life cycle performance and sustainability as documented by Cradle to Cradle certification at silver level.

The panels are also specified to improve acoustics in many different projects, such as schools, leisure centres, pools, commercial, private and public buildings. Available in various sizes and in four grades from extreme fine to coarse, they can be left untreated or painted in virtually any RAL colour.

Samples, case studies and technical information are easily sourced from tel 01978 664255 or visit www.troldtekt.co.uk. More information around the theme of multi-purpose venues theme can be found on www.troldtekt.com/News/Themes/Multi_purpose_cultural_centres