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Judges' committee report re the Troldtekt Award 2012

The judges' committee was extremely enthusiastic about the wealth of ideas among the many proposals. A total of 65 proposals were submitted from 23 countries worldwide. The open assignment to create something new using Troldtekt has apparently inspired many people regardless of what they already knew about the material. There are many good examples of how to create privacy and peace in noisy surroundings, either in public spaces or the home. In addition to acoustics as the overriding theme, many have also considered Troldtekt as a material with texture and character. All this has produced a number of interesting and aesthetic proposals.

In selecting a competition winner, the judges' committee has grouped the projects. Most proposals fell within the following categories: furniture, surfaces/walls and ceilings, cocoons/private spaces, light/transparency. A unanimous judges' committee then selected a single project for its both realistic and visionary solution which holds tremendous potential. The standard of the proposals was generally extremely high, and even though the winning project stands out, one other project was given a Special Prize for its creativity while four others were honourable mentions. Together, the six projects illustrate the breadth of the responses, from the sensual on the one hand to the globally committed on the other.
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Jens Ludloff and Mikkel Frost evaluate Troldtekt Award 2012

Watch this video where members of the judges' committee Jens Ludloff and Mikkel Frost evaluate the competition.

Winner of the Troldtekt Award 2012

The winning proposal features a floating sculptural design – or acoustic cloud – suspended above a table. Identical, rectangular Troldtekt panels with a slot in each side are, like modules, interconnected in a spatial design. The project is clearly communicated by means of the suspended model, which you immediately perceive as an example of a model, but the individual elements and how they are connected is also well illustrated. Text describes which possibilities the project embraces, for example with built-in lighting and being adapted to different types of rooms in which it could be used.

Closeup af the elements

The proposal also clarifies the project title, Synecdoche: "A figure or trope by which a part of a thing is put for the whole, the whole for a part, the species for the genus, the genus for the species, or the name of the material for the thing made, and similar."

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The winning proposal stands out for being realisable yet still functioning as an aesthetic and artistic solution to using Troldtekt acoustic panels in new ways. Troldtekt's homogenous texture is transformed into a beautiful sculpture using a simple modular system. In understanding Synecdoche, the model has an integral complexity where the material refers to the surroundings but also to itself. Even though the project is very concrete, it inspires you to think of other ways of shaping and using the acoustics sculpture, which the judges' committee views as a very important quality.

Matthias Kisch - winner of Troldtekt Award 2012

Watch this video where Troldtekt Award 2012 winner, Matthias Kisch from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen presents his winning proposal.

Winner of the Troldtekt Award, Special Prize

This proposal, which, exceptionally, also wins a prize, is a successful proposal to making a new type of Troldtekt panel. The entrant documents a process which involves casting a panel that is not flat, but has a structure that is inspired by the wood fibre which, of course, is what is used to make Troldtekt. The cast panel or module is graphically presented in a room where it clads the walls or ceiling. The proposal shows an understanding for Troldtekt as a material, and considerable efforts have been devoted to actually making a product. The result has a beautiful texture, and is aesthetically appealing thanks to the imprecise and more organic look, where no two panels are the same.
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Winner of the Troldtekt Award, Special Prize Winner of the Troldtekt Award, Special Prize

Amy Linford - Winner of Special Prize

Watch this video where Special Prize winner Amy Linford from Newcastle University presents her proposal.

Honourable mentions

Shaded shelter

The project is temporary housing for refugees. A housing unit with a simple layout which uses local materials to cover the Troldtekt panels. The system is flexible depending on the size of the family. The proposal is an honourable mention since it has a global approach and offers a simple solution to helping homeless refugees.


A modular system of sharp-cut 'crystals' for walls and ceilings which add a sense of life in a sculptural way. The crystals can be assembled in several ways to create different patterns with various colours. The project is beautifully presented and simultaneously works with Troldtekt in relation to acoustics and aesthetic design.

The Troldtekt Block

The project uses Troldtekt in a small new format which can be stacked to create walls. The blocks can be stacked like LEGO bricks and the solution therefore requires no screws etc. The surface has either a smooth or a more tactile finish. The blocks can be used for screening, for example in offices or study environments. The idea of movable acoustics and privacy works well.

Lambda Acoustic Chair

A lounge chair cast in Troldtekt with cushions is particularly suitable for places where people gather, where you need to be able to talk without being disturbed by the surrounding noise. A good idea for a piece of Troldtekt furniture which also helps to solve acoustics problems in public venues or other large rooms.

View all candidates for the Troldtekt Award 2012

We have received 64 proposals and we would like to say thanks to all the candidates for all their hard and inspirational work by showcasing all the proposals.

View all the candidates for the Troldtekt Award 2012
Showcase of all proposals
Concept competition objective

Concept competition objective

Troldtekt is developing all the time. We therefore always welcome good and unusual ideas for our products.

The concept competition for the Troldtekt Award involves incorporating Troldtekt into an architectural project in a completely new and original way. And the focus need not necessarily be on acoustics. The project can describe the proposal from small scale to large scale. The competition is open – the only condition is that Troldtekt is incorporated in a key and innovative way. In other words, participants can choose to impose colours, shapes, their imagination or something completely different on the Troldtekt products. The assignment is a concept competition and is therefore not restricted by the cost of realising the proposal in practice.

Mikkel Frost about the Troldtekt Award 2012

Watch this video where member of the Troldtekt Award Jury, architect Mikkel Frost, introduces the concept of the Troldtekt Award 2012.

In brief

  • Architectural and design students can participate in the concept competition.
  • The objective is to use Troldtekt in the most original, creative and imaginative context.
  • There is no requirement that the proposal focuses on acoustics.
  • All participants must register via www.toldtekt.com/award by 1 April 2012 at the latest.
  • The final deadline for uploading proprosals electronically is 1 May 2012.
  • Three competetion proposals will be nominated, and the winning project will be awarded a prize of EUR 5,000.
Judgement criteria

Judgement criteria

The panel of judges will only be looking at the level of originality, the creative concept and the imaginative way in which the project uses Troldtekt.

Judgement criteria


The competition is an open concept competition for design and architectural students.

Judgement criteria


All international design and architectural students can participate in the competition. The competition proposal can be an adapted study project or a specific project for the competition. Students can submit their proposals individually, or two students can submit a proposal together.

Judgement criteria


The competition proposal must be submitted electronically no later than 1 May 2012. The entries must be in A1 format with text in English and can be uploaded to WeTransfer, max. 2 GB. The proposals must be submitted anonymously, and the competition proposal must therefore be marked with a number which will be allocated when registering for the competition.

Judgement criteria

Competition registration (closed for registration)

Everyone wanting to participate in the competition must register online here by 1 April 2012 at the latest. When registering, login information is provided to ensure the anonymity of each participant. The login information must be used to upload the competition proposals.

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Awarding of prizes

Three competition proposals will be nominated, and the winning proposal will be awarded a prize of EUR 5,000.

Judgement criteria

Announcing the result

Judging the proposals which have been submitted will be concluded no later than at the end of June 2012. The result of the competition will be published at www.troldtekt.com/award, and the competition winner will be informed directly. Troldtekt reserves the right to exhibit all competition entries.

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Troldtekt A/S has the right to use the proposals which have been submitted; this includes using the proposals in connection with communicating and marketing the result of the competition. In publishing the winning proposal, the name(s) of the entrant(s) will be announced, unless the entrant(s) wishes to retain their anonymity. The copyright to the competition proposal belongs to the person(s) submitting the proposal.

Judges' committee

The proposals which have been submitted will be assessed by a judges' committee made up of:

Helene Høyer Mikkelsen

Helene Høyer
architect MAA and
architectural photographer

Mikkel Frost

Mikkel Frost
architect MAA
co-founder and
partner at CEBRA A/S

Jens Ludloff

Jens Ludloff
cofunder and partner at ludloff+ludloff
Berlin, Germany

Niels Kappel

Niels Kappel
product developer
Troldtekt A/S

Peer Leth

Peer Leth
Troldtekt A/S

Winning project 2010

The first recipient of the Troldtekt Award was Niels Brix, a student at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture in Copenhagen. He won the award and a trip to Rio de Janeiro for his idea 'Soundbubbles', which both lighten up and improve the acoustics of large rooms.

According to the judges, he received the award for his original use of Troldtekt wood wool. 'Soundbubbles' are intended as installations that are suspended from the ceiling. From here, they add subdued lighting and improve the acoustics of raw environments with large, open ceilings.

Student Niels Brix and CEO Peer Leth
Winning Project 2010

"It is a great honour to be the first recipient of the award. I enjoy thinking up and developing ideas which challenge the shapes of the materials. And then it's always fun trying out some of the things we learn as architectural students."

Niels Brix, winner of the Troldtekt Award 2010.

Read more about the winning project from 2010 at troldtekt.com.

Troldtekt Feel the silence

Troldtekt ceiling and wall panels ensure good acoustics and a healthy indoor climate. The characteristic structure of Troldtekt provides a basis for excellent sound absorption, and it therefore reduces the reverberation time and the noise nuisance in a room. Thus, Troldtekt panels are a natural choice for ceiling and wall applications in most types of building e.g. headquarters, production facilities, schools, kindergartens, swimming baths, sport centres and private homes.

Troldtekt A/S was founded in 1855 as a Danish family business, and since 1935, Troldtekt has produced acoustic panels at its production facility in Troldhede, Denmark.

The concept competition for the Troldtekt Award aims to find brand new uses for Troldtekt. The objective is to bring Troldtekt into completely different contexts where the focus is not necessarily on acoustics. Here, the sky is the limit.

Environmental focus

Troldtekt is a natural product made from wood and cement. From raw materials extraction to panel production, the environment is always in focus. Troldtekt's products are therefore environmentally friendly, and when the production waste is composted and used for soil improvement, it is actually making a positive contribution to the natural environment. This is part of Troldtekt's life cycle approach.

Product life cycle