From Old Barn to City Hall

Inspired by the barn’s very rustic timber construction, KHR arkitekter decided to use Troldtekt for both the ceilings and the upper parts of the walls. The barn is also directly connected with the extension, which houses the citizens’ service function and the various municipal departments. The calm, soft ceilings ensure a sense of continuity between the rooms as well as good acoustics.

Troldtekt has been used consistently throughout, emphasising the spaciousness of the interior by continuing from the ceilings and up the fronts of the balconies. Where the two planes meet, neon lights have been installed to inject life into the surfaces. Using the same material also strengthens coherence between the different building elements. The Troldtekt panels are placed in a pattern of 60 x 240 cm and 60 x 60 cm panels, striking a fine balance between the vertical concrete columns and the horizontal balcony fronts. 

In the barn, the combination of high ceilings, exposed wooden beams and the other building materials has resulted in a particularly intimate and formal atmosphere in the council chamber. The Troldtekt panels run all the way from the ridge windows and halfway down the walls, where they meet the edge-on parquet which continues to the floor. The panels are all 60 x 240 cm and are designed to give the impression of a uniform surface. This plastic use of the materials softens the otherwise hard lines of the barn without any architectural clashes. The council chamber has, as it should, acquired a very strong identity as a highly dynamic space.

Focus on ceilings
Mikkel Beedholm, architect and partner at KHR arkitekter, says that materials are always carefully chosen to suit individual projects and sites. The choice of materials is included early in the design phase and is crucial to the ultimate look of any building. According to Mikkel Beedholm, there is now more focus than ever on the importance of ceilings. If excessive installations and other disturbing elements can be avoided, the ceilings can ensure a sense of calm and unity in the rooms, and are thereby comparable with floor and wall surfaces.

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Project Name:  Hillerød Town Hall

Location:  Denmark

Product Category: Troldekt Acoustic Panel

Product Used: Troldekt Fine – Natural Wood

Architect:   KHR arkitekter