A helping hand can lift the best ideas

A group of students at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen have recreated the listed residential housing Elementbyen in Hjortekær on Zealand. Assisted by Troldtekt, they produced the cement-bonded wood wool themselves for the project.

A group of students at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture have recreated a listed residential housing. Assisted by Troldtekt, they produced the cement-bonded wood wool themselves for the project.

When you send the recipe for cement-bonded wood wool and a bag of wood wool off to the School of Architecture in Copenhagen, the best ideas can grow wings. At least, this is what happened in late summer 2018, when a group of students contacted Troldtekt to ask for help with an assignment.

The young people were involved in a project, the purpose of which was to investigate and restore the social housing known as Elementbyen in Hjortekær north of Copenhagen. Elementbyen was built in Kongens Lyngby back in 1947/1948, and Troldtekt acoustic panels were used as plastered wall elements. The students wanted to produce their own cement-bonded wood wool, and use it to build four cross-sectional models to show the methods and materials used to construct the buildings.

“I think that being able to contact a company like Troldtekt and get professional help with a student project is crucial when it comes to realising our ideas in the best possible way. It has been extremely interesting – and challenging – learning about cement-bonded wood wool as a natural material and how to work with it. Many of us didn’t know what cement-bonded wood wool was, even though we were familiar with Troldtekt acoustic panels,” says Anna Kirstine Stauersbøl Laustsen, one of the architecture students.

A simple production
The young people’s efforts resulted in quite a successful grey Troldtekt panel. They clad it with chicken wire and plaster to make it look like the construction from the 70-year-old housing.

“Even though we had to make do with kitchen scales for weighing the materials and homemade wooden moulds, we succeeded in making a number of cement-bonded wood wool panels, which to us looked quite like the ones you can buy,” says Anna Kirstine Stauersbøl Laustsen.

A group of students at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture have recreated a listed residential housing. Assisted by Troldtekt, they produced the cement-bonded wood wool themselves for the project.

Elementbyen in Hjortekær comprises 197 tenancies made up of terraced and semi-detached houses. The homes are all Grade 1-listed buildings, and were among the first in Denmark to be built using prefabricated elements. Back in the 1930s, in particular, and up until the 1950s, it was common to build walls using Troldtekt panels, which were then plastered – and it is this construction that is being given a new lease of life at the School of Architecture in Copenhagen.

Troldtekt participates in education

Social responsibility is a fundamental value at Troldtekt. And assuming responsibility for educating young people is no exception. Each year, we receive many enquiries from students who are interested in using Troldtekt in their projects. We greatly appreciate this interest.

Below follows a brief description of some of the projects we were involved in in 2018:

A student on the Digital Concept Development programme at Business Academy Aarhus used his Bachelor project to suggest what a new online presence might look like at www.troldtekt.com. The assignment resulted in a report and a digital prototype.

A group of Economics and Business Administration students at Aarhus University asked Troldtekt to contribute to a large analysis of the competitive advantages companies can reap by working with Cradle to Cradle as part of their business activities. The analysis formed part of a Bachelor project.

The circular economy was the focal point for a Master’s student from Edinburgh, who did a project on social structures and their significance for the successful implementation of circular practices. We contributed by agreeing to an interview.