A strong field of projects will be competing for the Danish Retrofit Award 2024

For the 12th time, Denmark’s best renovation and transformation projects will be recognised when the 2024 Danish Retrofit Award is presented. 160 projects have been nominated, several of which have Troldtekt acoustic solutions as part of the architecture.

Troldtekt acoustic panels have unique sound-absorbing properties and ensure superior acoustics in, for example, office buildings

With the right alterations, delapidated buildings can be given new life for many years to come. Renovations and transformations often have less impact on the climate than new buildings, and there are plenty of successful examples from all over Denmark.

That's why there will be a fight to the finish when the Danish Retrofit Award 2024s are announced on 4 September 2024. A total of 160 projects are competing to gain a final nomination for the most successful renovation. The nominations include several projects featuring Troldtekt acoustic solutions.

A difficult assessment process awaits, in which the nomination committee will reduce the candidate field from 160 to 12–14 renovation projects before the presentation of the final 5–7 nominees in early June.

The following 20 projects featuring Troldtekt have been nominated:

Troldtekt Enigma
Photo: Helene Høyer Mikkelsen, architect

ENIGMA – Museum of Communication

The new ENIGMA museum is housed in the former Østerbro post office, housing a post office, café, shop, exhibition and activity areas. That combination of many different functions put high demands on acoustics and lighting.

With a sound-absorbing gymnastics floor and Troldtekt ceilings, Bertelsen & Scheving Arkitekter ApS succeeded in providing good acoustics for the room’s various users. The white Troldtekt panels also provide a striking contrast with the black-painted beams and the numerous black lighting tracks.

Together with ENIGMA – and with its own entrance - is the new Brasserie Post, which also features Troldtekt ceilings in the Troldtekt line design variant.

Read more about ENIGMA

Troldtekt Ry Torvehal
Photo: Thomas Mølvig, architect

Market hall in Ry

DANØ Arkitektur ApS succeeded in renovating a large open space using simple means. Beams made from reddish Douglas fir resemble a copse of intersecting tree trunks and crowns. Sunlight flowing in through the building creates a beautiful interplay of shadows, and when darkness falls, the construction and white Troldtekt acoustic panels are illuminated from below.

The transformation has made the town of Ry a beautiful market hall richer.

Read more about the market hall in Ry

Ceilings with Troldtekt acoustic panels in office buildings

Tscherninghuset, Hedehusene

Since the company’s inception, Tscherning has focused on supporting sustainability in the construction industry and on creating a workplace where people thrive and develop. 

The renovation of Tscherning’s head office includes the creative use of recycled materials, including a Troldtekt acoustic ceiling preserved in the former industrial building. Troldtekt production cut-offs adapted to the site have also been chosen for two meeting rooms – or meeting cabins – inside the head office.

Read more about Tscherninghuset

Troldtekt cement-bonded wood wool panels ensure superior acoustics in schools and educational institutions

Lundtofte School

A new school in an old setting is what the pupils at Lundtofte School got after a comprehensive renovation.

By changing the school’s interior design, SWECO Architects created new opportunities for development and learning for the school’s more than 400 pupils. The indoor climate has also been significantly improved with Troldtekt acoustic ceilings and concealed Troldtekt ventilation. The second part of the renovation concerned a new cultural centre, nestled between two wings parallel to the school library and classrooms. Troldtekt line in black was chosen for this installation.

Read more about Lundtofte School

Mill buildings, Port of Odense

Havnegade 32–34 in Odense is home to a piece of Danish history. With an eye for light, functionality and recycling of materials, Olav de Linde has breathed new life into Munke Mølle’s old grain warehouse and flour factory, taking it from an industrial building to a unique home for the companies of the future through a comprehensive four-year renovation.

The raw industrial building features Troldtekt acoustic panels as part of the interior.

Read more about the project at the Port of Odense

Kongegården, Silkeborg

Almost one in six Danes live in social housing – a form of housing that accommodates a broad population, and where diversity and common facilities often take up more space than in other private homes. One example is Kongegården in Silkeborg, a dense and varied residential area with mixed forms of ownership and types of housing, built with historical references to the property’s former buildings whilst preserving the local qualities of the area’s suburbs and residential district.

The original white-painted Troldtekt ceiling from the former industrial building has been preserved in Kongegården’s common indoor area.

Read more about Kongegården

ATP's Head Office in Copenhagen

Identity and a sense of community are two important keywords for ATP Property’s new headquarters in Copenhagen, where recycled materials link the past and the future.

Among other things, the emphasis was on optimising the indoor climate, light and acoustics with Troldtekt acoustic panels as part of the interior design.

Read more about ATP’s head office

Troldtekt acoustic panels have unique sound-absorbing properties and ensure superior acoustics in, for example, office buildings

Det gamle æggepakkeri (The Old Egg Packing Centre), Randers

In the centre of Randers lies an architectural gem with a long history. The old egg packery was built in 1923 and has since led a varied existence as offices, asylum centre, social and healthcare college and fitness centre.

Egg packing equipment has been replaced by desks, and Bruno Jakobsen Design has succeeded in transforming the old building into modern offices with soul, where both white and black-painted Troldtekt acoustic solutions – including the Troldtekt line design variant – enhance the interior design.

Read more about The Old Egg Packing Centre

Fladbrohus near Randers

This woodland cottage was designed and built in the mid-1960s to accommodate the architect’s own family and his design studio. A beautiful example of modernist architecture, where the intent is for the building and the natural surroundings to flow together to create a light and spacious home.

Designer Bruno Jakobsen has now “revived” the building to become a long-lasting home adapted to modern family life. A black-painted variant of the Troldtekt v-line design solution with longitudinal v-shaped grooves was chosen for the ceilings. Troldtekt v-line is based here on the reduced carbon cement type FUTURECEM™.

Read more about Fladbrohus

Troldtekt Ry Hoejskole
Photo: Thomas Mølvig, architect

Ry Højskole

Adult students have been taught at Ry Højskole for more than 125 years, during which time the school has left its mark on the town with its patchwork of buildings. But age had begun to show on the buildings, leaving them greatly in need of a facelift in the form of a new entrance building and restoration of the neighbouring buildings.

The new building was designed by DANØ Arkitektur ApS and consists of three floors with space for the school’s up to 100 students, with acoustics regulated by white-painted Troldtekt acoustic panels on all inclined and irregular ceiling surfaces.

Read more about Ry Højskole 

Sound-absorbing Troldtekt acoustic panels in school buildings
Photo: Helene Høyer Mikkelsen, architect Jens Dresling/Ritzau Scanpix

Peder Lykke School, Amager

High quality and lofty spaces. Two components at the forefront of Nøhr & Sigsgaard Arkitektfirma’s renovation and expansion of Peder Lykke School were better acoustics and lighting.

They can be seen in the school’s backbone, a main corridor in which the old skylights have been replaced by larger ones, complemented by exposed rafters. Wood and brick still dominate the décor, but are now enhanced by additional Troldtekt ceiling panels in natural wood and white.

Read more about Peder Lykke School

Rovsinggade 68, Copenhagen

Where Nørrebro meets Østerbro, an abandoned warehouse building meets a modern commercial building. Thanks to AART architects, a facade once sealed with corrugated sheets is now a white-rendered front with multi-paned industrial windows, housing some of Denmark’s emerging technology companies

Read more about the project on Rovsinggade

Photo: Helene Høyer Mikkelsen, architect MAA

Next House Copenhagen

In the centre of Copenhagen, Kim Utzon architects have given the former Falck building a new purpose as a luxury hostel with 433 rooms and 1,667 beds. However, Next House Copenhagen is much more than a hostel.

Café, fitness area, yoga facilities and cinema are just some of the options to be enjoyed by its guests. In the ground floor’s wellness areas, black-painted Troldtekt ceilings have been used as part of a unifying design providing an aesthetic lift. Their sound-absorbing function is also essential in a room that can host a lot of people.

Read more about Next House Copenhagen

Photo: Helene Høyer Mikkelsen, architect, MAA

The old post terminal in Aarhus

Letters and parcels have been replaced by barbells and exercise machines in Aarhus’ old post terminal. Property specialists Olav de Linde have transformed the old post office into a modern fitness centre.

The style is raw and exclusive. All the original concrete columns have been sandblasted, and many of the building’s authentic features have been preserved to add character. Black Troldtekt acoustic panels have been installed on all the ceilings, matching the New York-style windows and the raw concrete while also creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Read more about the old post terminal

Hotspot in Aars

The youngsters of Vesthimmerland have their own place on the ground floor of the old town hall in the centre of Aars. Black-painted Troldtekt acoustic panels are also used here as part of the interior.

Read more about Hotspot

Troldtekt acoustic panels as wall cladding in residential buildings

Halls of residence, Aarhus University

Municipal Hospital Building 1820 has had many uses over the years, but after considerate renovation, this red brick building has now returned to its original purpose: Housing the city’s students.

With the help of AART architects, the halls of residence have been returned to the building’s basic architecture whilst featuring quality craftsmanship and solid construction of the 21st century. Troldtekt acoustic solutions help to ensure good acoustics in corridors and common areas.

Read more about the halls of residence at the University

Sergenten, Sønderborg

From workshop to event and concert venue. The old barracks in Sønderborg have been given new life after an extensive transformation by ZENI arkitekter.

Known now as 'Sergenten' (the sergeant), the building features a single large hall with room for concerts and events. The bare brick walls and raw concrete structure stand out clearly, the latter strongly accentuated by black Troldtekt acoustic panels.

Read more about Sergenten

Vestre School, Grindsted

Vestre School in Grindsted can once again focus on the provision of learning spaces and opportunities for its pupils. Based on input from the children themselves, the school’s classrooms have been given a significant boost, making it possible to differentiate and adapt teaching for primary and secondary education.

Troldtekt acoustic ceilings in natural wood have been installed, contributing to a healthy indoor climate for the full range of students and staff.

Read more about Vestre School

Troldtekt acoustic panels have unique sound-absorbing properties and ensure superior acoustics in, for example, office buildings
Photo: Helene Høyer Mikkelsen

Sweco on Willemoesgade in Aarhus

It’s all about creating multi-functional spaces– as demonstrated by Sweco Architects at their new Aarhus office.

A lot of effort has been made in the interior design of the office to reuse the furniture from the old offices, whilst preserving the existing facades and load-bearing structures made of concrete and brick.

Troldtekt acoustic solutions have been chosen for many walls and ceilings and help – together with the rest of the interior – to soften the raw look. The outer and inner walls of the 'meeting boxes' feature the design solution Troldtekt line with milled grooves, while their ceilings have the classic Troldtekt panels to ensure the best in acoustics.

Read more about Willemoesgade 

Ecco R&D, Bredebro

It requires an inspiring framework for creativity to unfold, something Ecco’s R&D department has achieved thanks to ZENI arkitekter. The old industrial warehouse has undergone a comprehensive transformation into a bright, innovative working environment.

White-painted Troldtekt ceilings are part of the interior of the new department.

Read more about Ecco’s building in Bredebro