The Sound of Silence
von | 11/8/2012

It is a well-known fact that that people study better in peace and quiet with a minimum of noise and distraction. For example Bronzaft and McCarthy (1975) studied children taught in classes either side of a school. One side faced a noisy railway track. 11% of teaching time was lost on the noisy side, and reading ability was down. After the results of this study was known, the authorities installed acoustic ceiling tiles in the classroom and sound-absorbing pads on the railway tracks. There was a recovery in the reading abilities (Bronzaft 1985).

It is research such as this that prompted architects at Schmidt-Hammer-Lassen to install Troldtekt acoustic panels on the ceilings of the City of Westminster College in London. This College boasts a total floor area of 24,000 square meters and is a leading Further Education College in central London using the latest in new teaching and learning methods.

Noise is always going to be an issue where students are having fun. Therefore sound absorption is a very important factor when designing large interior recreation areas, sports hall and workshops. In this case, the ceilings have been clad with 100% natural Troldtekt acoustic panels manufactured from wood and cement. Not only are these panels exceptionally sound absorbing but are also easy to maintain, very durable and have low lifecycle costs.

Troldtekt acoustic panels are used throughout Europe to improve acoustics and indoor climate in many types of building; such as schools, swimming baths, public buildings and commercial premises. The panels are available in a high number of combinations which vary according to surface structure, edge, installation system, colour, dimension and thickness.

The Troldtekt natural acoustic panels are also installed in the workshops where there is a lot of hammering and sawing, photo © Adam Mørk
Long durability and a healthy indoor climate are further advantages of the acoustic panels, photo © Adam Mørk
The innovative architecture also symbolizes the way the college encourages new forms of teaching and learning, photo © Adam Mørk
In the City of Westminster College, Troldtekt acoustic panels have been installed to deliver the requisite sound absorption, photo © Adam Mørk
The natural acoustic panels are made of wood and cement, photo © Adam Mørk
Schmidt-Hammer-Lassen architects designed the school building, photo © Adam Mørk

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