THEME: Healing architecture

Troldtekt acoustic ceilings in healthcare buildings

Architecture, design and materials can have an impact on the treatment of body and mind. Light, air and acoustics all play a role – as does the spatial organisation of the rooms. In the themed articles, you can read about visions and practices when working with healing architecture.

Visit, for example, prominent and international award-winning psychiatric facilities, and read interviews with the architects behind them. Also, pick up insights from the world of research into the pitfalls to be wary of when designing healing architecture.

In the articles, you can also read how Troldtekt is contributing to healing architecture within key areas such as superior acoustics, fresh air, recognisable design and proven sustainability.

Architecture dispels prejudices about mental illness

More and more people are suffering from mental illness or feeling mentally unwell.

However, while many are affected by mental illness, talking about it can still arouse feelings of guilt and shame.

But according to the Swedish architectural firm White Arkitekter, architecture can help demystify the whole issue.

>> Learn about White Arkitekter’s philosophy

Acoustic panels from Troldtekt in Södra Älvsborg Hospital in Borås (Sweden), design by White Architects

MIPIM Awards: Challenging the way medical institutions look

The internationally acknowledged MIPIM Awards have in recent years started celebrating outstanding healthcare design. The award is an acknowledgement of the role architecture plays in healing and treatment of illnesses.

Read more in this interview with the MIPIM jury member Sergey Kuznetsov, Chief Architect of Moscow.

>> Read the full interview

Troldtekt acoustic ceilings in healthcare buildings

How does healing architecture work in the real world?

The GAPS psychiatric hospital in Slagelse is highlighted as a state-of-the-art example of healing architecture – in Denmark and internationally.

The design principles of transparency and hierarchy play a key role in the architecture, but cause friction in everyday life at the hospital, Thorben Simonsen posits in his PhD thesis.

But architect Christian Karlsson believes that the two principles have already proved their worth. Read both of their viewpoints here.

>> Read the interview with Thorben Simonsen

>> Read the interview with Christian Karlsson

Troldtekt acoustic ceilings in healthcare buildings

New Department of Forensic Psychiatry: Privacy, views and security are top priorities

It will be a whole new world for patients at the new Department of Forensic Psychiatry at Mental Health Centre Sct. Hans in the Danish city of Roskilde.

Whereas the secure ward used to be unmistakably prison-like, high walls have now been replaced by views and courtyards intended to support patient treatment.

Security is still top-notch.

>> More about the ideas behind the project

Wood wool panels from Troldtekt ensure superior acoustics at at the new Department of Forensic Psychiatry at the Mental Health Centre Sct. Hans in the Danish city of Roskilde

When architecture is part of the treatment

The New Mental Health Bispebjerg hospital in Copenhagen will provide a unique and improved environment for the treatment of psychiatric patients.

The project is using the experience gained from a full-size mock-up of a patient room, where focus was on testing the impact of light, air and sound on the treatment of the mind.

>> Read more about the patient room of the future

Wood wool panels from Troldtekt ensure good acoustics at the New Mental Health Bispebjerg hospital in Copenhagen

How Troldtekt contributes to healing architecture

Superior acoustics, healthy indoor climate and recognisable design. These are some of the focus areas in the architecture of psychiatry, healthcare and nursing facilities where Troldtekt acoustic solutions are making a difference.

Troldtekt also contributes points to the sustainable building certification of projects.

>> Read more and see examples

Troldtekt, troldtekt, psychiatric hospital in Vejle, Denmark

Psykiatriens Hus Marselisborg (DK)

Troldtekt acoustic ceilings are the natural choice when wanting to ensure superior acoustics and a healthy indoor climate in, for example, healthcare buildings

The 16-room facility provides accommodation for people in need of outpatient treatment of a broad spectrum of social and psychiatric diseases. Troldtekt has been used throughout, contributing a sense of calm as well as materiality.

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Trygfonden Family House (DK)

Sound-absorbing cement-bonded wood wool panels from Troldtekt are often used as acoustic ceilings in healthcare buildings

The beautiful surroundings of the Trygfonden Family House are open to families of children who have been admitted to the Hammel Neurorehabilitation Centre in Jutland. Troldtekt ceilings add a calm, harmonious feel in the flats, communal areas and on the exterior overhangs.

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Psychiatric Hospital in Vejle (DK)

Healing architecture

A Scandinavian attention to detail is in evidence everywhere at the Psychiatric Hospital in Vejle. Troldtekt ensures good acoustics at the hospital, which has received the European Healthcare Design 2018 Award in the category of Mental Health Design, among others.

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Architecture as a social tool

The foundation ‘Den A. P. Møllerske Støttefond’ supports non-profit goals, while the member-based philanthropic organisation Realdania supports projects in the built environment which enhance quality of life. Together with the Danish Association of Architects, the two Danish organisations have taken the first step towards systematically gathering knowledge about how architecture can support social work.

A pilot study of six selected Danish cases has, among other things, shown that physical surroundings can reduce conflict levels, strengthen users’ pride and sense of ownership – and create more peace of mind in their everyday lives.

Troldtekt, Mette Margrethe Elf

A children’s home with a friendly atmosphere

Children at the institution ‘Villaen’ in Kerteminde on Funen wanted a new home they could be proud of. A great and welcoming place that felt safe, and where their friends would want to come visiting.

Using natural materials, pitched roofs and a varied design, the CEBRA architects have therefore created a building that looks much more like a classic terraced house than an institution for particularly vulnerable children.

Troldtekt, Children's home of the future

Innovative architecture is good for mental health

Transparency, the intelligent use of light and easy access to safe courtyards. These are some of the architectural features at the newly constructed psychiatric hospitals in the Danish towns of Vejle and Slagelse.

Arkitema Architects and Karlsson Arkitekter conceived and designed the two projects. The architects at both architectural practices stress the importance of offering psychiatric patients the right balance between peace and quiet, a sense of community and freedom.

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It’s like being given a hug as you step inside

Close to the cancer departments at a number of Danish hospitals, Denmark’s biggest patient association, the Danish Cancer Society, has built seven new cancer counselling centres, designed according to the principles of healing architecture.

Head of department Laila Walther from the Danish Cancer Society describes the incredibly positive difference that the new facilities have made for patients, their relatives and volunteers.

Troldtekt, Laila Walther

Psychiatric department in Esbjerg (DK)

Troldtekt, Psychiatric ward Esbjerg

Arkitema Architects was responsible for the refurbishment and extension of the psychiatric department in Esbjerg. The interiors are light and airy with Troldtekt ceilings and wood as the dominant materials. Glass walls add transparency, creating peace of mind for patients and staff alike. In the first year, the use of physical restraint fell by 70 per cent.

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Seniorhuset in Hinnerup (DK)

Troldtekt, Hinnerup

The four sheltered housing units and the other facilities have been warmly received by the residents, who all suffer from autism. To make the complex feel both safe and intimate, Wienberg Architects and Frier Architecture worked extensively with the spatial layout, materials and colours. In the communal areas, Troldtekt acoustic panels contribute to the good sound environment, which helps to create a sense of closeness and calm.

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Othello care centre in Fredericia (DK)

Healing architecture

A circular solution inspired by the Globe Theatre in London elegantly reduced noise levels at the Othello care centre. The distinctive building designed by Cubo Arkitekter provides all residents with views of the inner courtyard. In the communal areas, Troldtekt acoustic panels ensure good acoustics, while the uniform ceilings also have a visually unifying effect.

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Theme overview

With our Troldtekt themes we continually bring focus to topical trends within the fields of acoustics, indoor climate, architecture and sustainable building.

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