The sound choice for DESIGN

London’s new Design Museum has opened. It has been created within the shell of the original 1960s Grade 2 listed Commonwealth Institute, well known for its distinctive copper covered, hyperbolic parabolic roof.

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With the emphasis on the display and teaching of design, the priority for designer John Pawson and Dutch architects OMA was equally about the building’s new reconfigured interiors and the design and performance of the products used. For example, the Museum’s galleries are arranged around an oak and marble lined atrium with floors covered in pale grey terrazzo while Troldtekt acoustic panels tie spaces together with a visually attractive textured surface.

Consequently, 4000 sqm of Troldtekt fine texture panels in white and grey have been installed in all areas where a peaceful and studious atmosphere was required, such as the library, study and lecture rooms and over the very large space housing the restaurant, bar and break out areas. Here, the high performance panels absorb the sounds of noisy dining and chatter together with the echoes and reverberation caused by the hard surfaces and large glazed areas. Furnished with blue stained ash tables and chairs, the restaurant offers views of Holland Park and into the central atrium with the dramatic exposed roof structure above.

Troldtekt natural wood wool acoustic panels are widely specified throughout the UK and Europe. They are 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. They can also incorporate different forms of lighting and speakers. In an inexpensive and eco-friendly way, occupiers benefit from a host of physical benefits such as high sound absorption, durability and natural breathability coupled with sustainability as documented by Cradle to Cradle certification at silver level.

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