THE ART OF ACOUSTICS
The new major extension to the Manchester School of Art has generated much interest and was a finalist at this year’s Stirling Prize awarded annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects for the best building. Designed by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, it aims to provide a lively environment and help reassert the Art School and the University on the national stage. It is also an interesting showcase for demonstrating how noise pollution in large crowded spaces can be overcome by installing Troldtekt acoustic panels.
The architects’ concept is a modern interpretation of the traditional Manchester textile trade warehouse, comprising a highly visible seven storey Vertical Gallery space together with an interactive ‘hybrid’ studio behind. It is described as being more like an art gallery than a university department.
The potential noise pollution from the large open spaces has been solved by installing white painted 1200 x 600mm Troldtekt acoustic panels on the ceilings. The panels are made from 100% natural wood fibres. Their benefits include high sound absorption, high durability, natural breathability, low cost life cycle performance and sustainability.
Troldtekt panels are widely specified throughout Europe to improve acoustics in many different projects, such as schools, swimming 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. Their sustainability was recently recognised with certification at Silver level within the Cradle to Cradle concept.
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