Banking on Acoustics
The Business Garden Wrocław is a remarkable 17,000 square metre development in the heart of Wroclaw, Poland. Comprising nine offices and service buildings along with retail units, this LEED Platinum development includes the new headquarters of Santander Bank, designed by architects Workplace.
The headquarters is a remarkable bright, lively and inviting environment for both staff and visitors, a world away from the stuffy banks of old. With large open spaces, break-out areas and conference rooms, the designers needed to find a way to control the acoustics. As a result, they specified over 600sqm of Troldtekt’s acoustic panels across large parts of the building from Modern Classic, Troldtekt’s local partners in Poland.
Troldtekt is the perfect choice for this kind of application because it provides the twin benefits of superior acoustic performance and sustainability. Here, Troldtekt ultrafine panels are used in both natural wood and white to break up the ceilings and create an interesting mosaic effect.
Founded on the Cradle-to-Cradle design concept and recently attaining Gold certification, Troldtekt’s natural and inherently sustainable panels are available in a variety of different surfaces and colours and contribute positively to a building’s BREEAM, DGNB and LEED ratings. In addition, panels which incorporate Futurecem™, the patented new cement from Aalborg Portland, have a significantly reduced CO2 footprint. Overall, over the entire product life cycle, the CO2 footprint is 26.4 percent lower than for Troldtekt based on gray cement and a whopping 37.7 percent lower than for Troldtekt based on white cement.
In addition to their high sound absorption and attractive tactile surface, Troldtekt acoustic panels offer high durability and low-cost lifecycle performance. Available in various sizes and in four grades, from extreme fine to coarse, the panels can be left untreated or painted in virtually any RAL colour.