Troldtekt Competition, Danish Design Contest, Wood Wool Acoustic Ceiling Tiles

Troldtekt Award, Denmark : Architecture Contest

Troldtekt Architecture Contest – concepts for new uses of the wood wool product

2 Jul 2012

Troldtekt Award Winners

Troldtekt Design Contest News

Imagination wins the Troldtekt Award 2012

Matthias Kisch from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Amy Linford from Newcastle University have won first and special awards respectively in this year’s Troldtekt Award just announced. Architectural and design students from 23 countries entered the concept competition, submitting an extensive array of creative and original ideas about how Troldtekt’s traditional acoustic panels can be used.

Troldtekt Award – winning designs by Matthias Kisch (left) and Amy Linford (right):
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The judges’ committee was unanimous in nominating Matthias Kirch from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts as winner of the EUR 5,000 prize. His concept was for a flexible modular system of Troldtekt panels called ‘Acoustic Synecdoche’. To illustrate the idea’s potential, he created a floating sculpture – or acoustic cloud –designed to hang above a table, with the option of integrating lighting. By simply adding little joints he makes the material appear to fly. The idea is decorative yet at the same time very functional in terms of both acoustics and lighting. The standard of the proposals was so high that the judges’ committee also awarded a Special Prize to Amy Linford from Newcastle University in the UK. Her ‘(Fabric)ated’ proposal conceived a new and unique Troldtekt panel with an irregular, wavy surface.

This involves a process of casting a panel with a structure inspired by the wood fibre which of course is the basis of the Troldtekt acoustic tile. The result has a beautiful texture, and is aesthetically appealing thanks to the imprecise and more organic look, where no two panels for ceilings or walls are the same. Amy Linford said ‘I am delighted to receive this award which was specially introduced because of my innovative idea.’

In addition to two Troldtekt employees, the judges’ committee was made up of three architects: Mikkel Frost, co-founder of CEBRA A/S Denmark, Danish architectural photographer Helene Høyer Mikkelsen as well as the German architect Jens Ludloff, who has his own architectural practice in Berlin. When assessing the proposals, the judges were unaware of both the nationalities and the names of the students behind the proposals.

“We received proposals from architectural students in many countries, even as far away as Venezuela,” said Peer Leth, CEO of Troldtekt A/S. “We are delighted that a Danish building material should spark so much interest around the world,”.

See the many exciting proposals and interviews with the judges and winners at

Troldtekt Architecture Contest images / information from Troldtekt

Troldtekt Award

Troldtekt Design Contest

Danish Architecture Contest

1 Apr 2012 – registration closing date

1 May 2012 – submission deadline

The first winner of the Troldtekt Award, student Niels Brix, who won the award in 2010 for his idea of Soundbubbles:

Troldtekt Architecture Competition
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Competition Award for international students of architecture and design

Troldtekt, the well-known Danish manufacturer of wood wool acoustic ceiling and wall tiles, is inviting students of architecture and design to submit creative and original concepts for new uses of the wood wool product. Proposals do not have to be just about acoustics but rather innovative and unusual ideas.

The Competition, to be judged by several well-known architects, offers a 5000 euro Award for the best concept.

The 2010 winner, an architectural student from Copenhagen, won the first Troldtekt Award for his novel idea of Soundbubbles – hanging coloured globes of wood wool designed to create interest and improve the acoustics of large rooms with hard surfaces, such as schools, swimming pools and commercial buildings.

The Competition has been widened to include international students because of Troldtekt’s increasing visibility throughout Europe.

Students are invited to register for the Award by 1 April with a submission deadline of 1 May 2012. For the full details, visit

The Utzon Center, Denmark:
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– Mikkel Frost, architect MAA and partner of CEBRA A/S
– Jens Ludloff, architect, co-founder and partner of ludloff+ludloff, Berlin
– Helene Høyer Mikkelsen, architect MAA and architectural photographer
– Peer Leth, CEO, Troldtekt A/S
– Niels Kappel, product developer, Troldtekt A/S

Peer Leth, CEO, Troldtekt A/S
Tel.: +45 87 47 81 00 /E: [email protected]

Location:Sletvej 2A, DK 8310 Tranbjerg J, Denmark

Troldtekt – Information

Troldtekt acoustic panels

• A 100% natural product, Troldtekt acoustic panels consist simply of wood and cement known as cement-bonded wood wool.
• The structure of the material provides a basis for excellent sound absorption, and using Troldtekt ceiling or wall applications will, therefore, reduce noise and provide optimal room acoustics. For this reason, Troldtekt products would be a natural choice in most types of building.
• Architecturally, the characteristic structure of Troldtekt panels lends new opportunities for contrasting the smooth materials used in the building project. For renovation as well as new construction projects.
• PEFC-certified Troldtekt panels guarantee sustainable forest operations, and wood destined for the production of Troldtekt acoustic panels is grown without the use of artificial fertilizers, pesticides or other chemical substances.
• Troldtekt panels do not contain harmful materials or potential allergenics, and they have been certified in the best categories according to Danish Indoor Climate Labelling.

About Troldtekt A/S

• In 1855, Troldtekt A/S began as a trading company in Århus. Since 1935, Troldtekt A/S has had a production plant in western Denmark.
• 2010 marked the 75th anniversary of the Troldtekt product name, and the company saw this as an apt opportunity for a name change – from L. Hammerich A/S to Troldtekt A/S.
• In the spring of 2010, Troldtekt was awarded the Danish Building Industry Environment Award in recognition of the company’s environment vision as well as having the natural environment and sustainability in focus during the entire product life cycle.
• In September 2010, Troldtelt A/S joined the UN Global Compact, thereby actively supporting UN’s ten principles about human rights, labour rights, the environment and anti-corruption.

6 good reasons for choosing Troldtekt

• Optimal sound absorption
• Effective fire resistance
• Healthy indoor climate
• Product longevity
• Simple installation
• Innovative special products

Troldtekt Headquarters:
Troldtekt A/S
Sletvej 2A
DK 8310 Tranbjerg J

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Bridging Prague Architecture Competition
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Bridging Prague Architecture Competition

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West Kowloon Complex
image : Foster + Partners
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5 Jul – submission deadline
Buenos Aires Architecture Competition
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Troldtekt Award 2012