The Troldtekt award has gained increasing attention since it originally started as a Danish only competition. Now it is international and has gathered over 115 entries from 39 different countries.
This year, because of the high number of projects, it was impossible to compare the quality of all the entries, based on ‘simple’ criteria. As a result, the jury - consisting of Peer Leth, managing director of Troldtekt, Niels Kappel, head of product development at Troldtekt, Mikkel Frost, architect/partner of CEBRA, based in Århus, Jorge Vidal, architect/partner at Rahola Vidal in Barcelona and Bjarne Mastenbroek, founding architect of SeARCH in Amsterdam - decided to have four different categories in order to give room for the enormous diversity and different qualities of the entries. Tina Kristensen and Camilla Jakobsen, both from Troldtekt, also assisted.
- The first category is “CEILINGS” (horizontal or sloping). That one is obvious because Troldtekt is a market leader when it comes to acoustic solutions for ceilings.
- The second category is “PANELLING”, wall hangings and room dividers (vertical use of the material).
- The third category is “SPACES”, micro architecture and “space making”.
- The last category, “CONCEPTS”, embraces all the entries that deal with a more general or conceptual use of the material. This category was not limited to a specific, finished product or design.
In the category CEILINGS we have seen very nice examples of an alternative use of material and the best proposals did have a very simple “twist”. In PANELLING we saw a lot of proposals but once again, with such a strong, simple product as Troldtekt, it is quite hard to beat it and again “simplicity killed the cat”. The winning design is smart, optimistic and has an appealing aura. SPACES was a complex category with an extremely different outcome. In the end, we didn’t choose a space that doesn’t completely balance the “touch-ability” of the material but in fact matches very well. We selected eight finalists in these four different categories. We then choose three winners and a final Award, one for each category.
In this edition, for the jury, the real beauty lies in the more conceptual approach of the material, giving way to many uses yet to come. It opened our eyes, in fact, the winning entry over all categories was found here. Another entry, a mushroom shaped stool cast by students, was in fact the perfect example of the powers of the overall winner. The real beauty is out there, somewhere on the Internet and yet to come. We all invite you to look for it.
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