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Music Cafe, Aldeburgh Music, Snape Maltings


Troldtekt acoustic panels have been used to great effect in the design of the Music Cafe at the famous Aldeburgh Music development at Snape Maltings, founded by composer Benjamin Britten in derelict industrial buildings on the Suffolk coast.

The Music Cafe, part of architects Haworth Tompkins’ phased extension of the creative campus, has been created by converting a former granary store into a cafe and reception point for artists and staff. In order to reduce noise reverberation, the architects have used 160m2 of fine natural wood Troldtekt panels to create an attractive and high performance acoustic ceiling.

“This is a real master class in the creative act of refurbishment, where the architects are very consciously selecting and evaluating the remaining fabric of a historic building,’ said the judges for the annual RIBA Crown Estate Conservation Award. (RIBA Crown Estate Runnerup for whole scheme 2010)

Troldtekt panels, widely specified for ceilings and walls in potentially, noisy environments, are made from 100% natural wood fibres mixed with cement. Their benefits include high sound absorption, high durability, natural breathability, low cost life cycle performance and sustainability. Available in various sizes and in three grades from ultrafine to coarse, they can be left untreated or painted in virtually any RAL colour. Their sustainability was recently recognised with certification at Silver level within the Cradle to Cradle concept.