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Best of Building Interiors Worldwide - A guide by Rockfon- email-sales@mssindia.in
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The Rockfon Reference Guide is a case study of Best Of Building projects across the world which has used Rockfon Ceilings …

The Rockfon Reference Guide is a case study of Best Of Building projects across the world which has used Rockfon Ceilings

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  • 1. MAKE—THE—DIFFERENCE << CEILING ARCHITECTURE
  • 2. Ceilings matter!A clear sky in winter can lift your mood— a well-designed ceiling can contributesignificantly to your wellbeing, too.Ceilings represent a large proportion ofthe surfaces in a building and yet areoften only considered as a functionalsurface. This book demonstrates howfunctional ceilings can blend easily withthe latest architectural trends.The case studies shown illustrate howindustry-leading architects found inspiredand courageous solutions to this duality.Enjoy. — Herman Voortman Rockfon CEO
  • 3. 00: table of Contents A. P. Møller School Schleswig, DE . . . . . . . . . 02 Beekdal Lyceum Arnhem, NL . . . . . . . . . . 12 Court of Justice Ghent, BE . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Fiberline Middelfart, DK . . . . . . . . 28 Gateway Academy Thurrock, UK . . . . . . . . . 40 GeoCenter Møns Klint Møns Klint, DK . . . . . . . . 52 Hof van Saksen Nooitgedacht, NL . . . . . . 62 Le Monde Paris, FR . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Mobalpa Showroom Paris, FR . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Peace Palace The Hague, NL . . . . . . . . 90 Post Office Apeldoorn, NL . . . . . . . 100 Swedish Environmental Protection Agency Stockholm, SE. . . . . . . . 106 The Post Headquarters Stockholm, SE. . . . . . . . 116 University Medical Centre Groningen, NL . . . . . . . 124 University Medical Centre Education Building Groningen, NL . . . . . . . 132UK 01
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  • 5. 01:The A.P. Møller School is a gift of the 14,600–square-metre school. The three- The ceilings in the school support theA.P. Møller and Chastine McKinney Møller storey building is built around two large, simplicity of the school’s design. To addFoundation of Danish shipping magnate central spatial elements – one containing to the feeling of calm and simplicity,Maersk McKinney Møller to the Danish- common areas with a canteen, reception the architect firm C.F. Møller developedspeaking minority of Schleswig-Holstein hall and knowledge centre, the other with a lighting strip for the ceilings whichin northern Germany. Danish Queen a large sports and multi-purpose hall with contains both lighting and ventilation inMargrethe inaugurated the school on three arenas. The sloping roof connects the same band, contributing to the orderlySeptember 1, 2008. The school is the these two spatial elements with yellow- feeling of the ceilings. ProjeCtsecond Danish-language school across the brick masonry. A.P. Møller SchoolDanish border in Germany. In many places, the ceilings are mounted The building, with its slanting copper roof, as island solutions. The sound absorption loCation Schleswig, GermanyThe A.P. Møller School is a Danish is beautifully-situated in a lovely natural qualities of these ceilings are excellentsecondary school (7-10th grades) and a area with a view of Silen fjord and the since the extremely stringent requirements arChiteCtgymnasium constructed on former military copper towers of the Slesvig cathedral in for acoustics and sound absorption in C.F. Møller Århus, Denmarkland. There is room for 625 students in the the town of Schleswig. school buildings must be met. << Client A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine McKinney Møllers Fond ProduCt Sonar® 03
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  • 8. ! To add to the feeling of calm and simplicity, the architect firm C.F. Møller developed a lighting strip for the ceilings which contains both lighting and ventilation in the same band, contributing to the orderly feeling of the ceilings.06
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  • 12. ! The ceilings in the school support the simplicity of the school’s design.10
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  • 15. 02:Anyone who looks at the new Beekdal Fire safety, acoustics and hygiene are floor and ceiling in his school design. ThisLyceum in Arnhem will see that it delivers important aspects that are subject to a effect makes the visitor feel less lost inmore than just professional work. The variety of requirements when it comes the space, which also contributes to thecombination of modern architecture and to installing a good ceiling. However, positive feeling that the school wants tosophisticated interior design has created schools also attach great importance to radiate. The designer himself particularlya unique building in which students and aesthetic values. The Beekdal Lyceum utilises Rockfon products and applicationsteaching staff find a modern, comfortable has a relatively low-hanging ceiling in this modern school building. The 6,000-and attractive atmosphere in which to which tends to give the space a dark square-metre school is largely fitted with ProjeCtlive and work. The Beekdal Lyceum has a appearance. The use of colourful ceiling Rockfon ceiling panels in various colours. Beekdal Lyceumspecial character thanks to its elite sport panels avoids this and creates a unique Naturally, many of them are white, whileand dance training. The founders wanted and pleasant atmosphere within the the use of playful colours contributes to loCation Arnhem, Netherlandsto have this expressed in the appearance school. Interior architect Ruud Jan Kokke the unique atmosphere that characterisesof the school. made use of reflective effects between Beekdal Lyceum. >> arChiteCt A.P.M. van den Bosch, Nuland interior arChiteCt Kokke Designer, Oosterbeek ProduCt Polar Polar Colour Ligna (Light Beech) Krios Olympia 13
  • 16. Of course, the school is not just concerned The Beekdal Lyceum won the School Prize about displaying a positive appearance. It 2007 for the overall design of the building. is essential that requirements such as fire According to the jury, the furnishings, safety, acoustics and hygiene are ideally architecture and coloured surfaces used in combined in the ceiling panels. As in every the ceiling produced a refreshing and light public building, the rules for fire safety in effect that resulted in this special prize schools have increased in recent years. being awarded to the school. << Rockfon ceilings offer fire resistance of 60 minutes which gives everyone inside time to evacuate the building safely.14
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  • 19. ! The Beekdal Lyceum has a relatively low-hanging ceiling which tends to give the space a dark appearance. The use of colourful ceiling panels avoids this and creates a unique and pleasant atmosphere within the school. 17
  • 20. ! The Beekdal Lyceum won the School Prize 2007 for the overall design of the building. According to the jury, the furnishings, architecture and coloured surfaces used in the ceiling produced a refreshing and light effect that resulted in this special prize being awarded to the school.18
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  • 23. 03:For architect Stéphane Beel, the age of With its plain, sober appearance, the white ‘problem’ by proposing Mono Acoustic –“depressing palaces of justice as they used Mono Acoustic ceiling forms a balanced a seamless acoustic ceiling.to be built” was over when he designed whole. Rockfon ceilings are well knownthe court building for Kortrijk and Ghent. and provide the reassurance that acoustics The Mono Acoustic system comprisesIn this 21st century, in which justice wants are perfectly regulated and combined with a suspended system to which Rockfonto stand out more, a court building must a high level of fire safety. The latter is an ceiling panels are secured using screwbe open and accessible. The new court absolute requirement of the fire service, plates. The joints are concealed with abuilding along Opgeeïstenlaan in Ghent which has to be able to get into the filler and then sanded. Once the ceiling ProjeCtcan be gazed at in wonder: a transparent building in the event of a fire and therefore is completely smooth, it is finished with a Court of Justicebuilding without excessive frills with a insists that the ceiling comply with a fire spray plaster which creates the seamlessclear and functional layout; the same resistance rating of at least 30 minutes. appearance. << loCation Ghent, Belgiumapplies to the ceiling. Thanks to the highlevel of fire safety and good acoustic The architect was apparently against the arChiteCtperformance of Mono Acoustic, the court use of a modular ceiling because of the Stéphane Beel, Ghentbuilding offers everyone who enters it unavoidable profiles and joints betweensafe and comfortable surroundings. the panels. However, Rockfon solved this ProduCt Mono® Acoustic 21
  • 24. ! In this 21st century, in which justice wants to stand out more, a court building must also be open and accessible. The layout is clear and functional; the same applies to the ceiling.22
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  • 27. ! The Mono Acoustic system comprises a suspended system to which Rockfon ceiling panels are secured using screw plates. The joints are concealed with a filler and then sanded. Once the ceiling is completely smooth, it is finished with a spray plaster which creates the seamless appearance. 25
  • 28. ! The architect was apparently against the use of a modular ceiling because of the unavoidable profiles and joints between the panels. However, Rockfon solved this ‘problem’ by proposing Mono Acoustic – a seamless acoustic ceiling.26
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  • 31. 04:The Fiberline building looks more like KHR Architects and the Fiberline There are no external parking lots witha piece of landscape art than a Danish building were also nominated for the cars anywhere. The whole building is acomposite factory, but that’s what it is. European Union Prize for Contemporary continuation of the landscape, and theThe Fiberline Composite factory is located Architecture, also called Mies van der high back of the building completelynear the town of Middelfart close to Rohe Prize, in 2007. The prize is given follows the landscape.one of Denmark’s main motorways. This to acknowledge and reward qualityspectacular and unusual building recently architectural production in Europe. With a total of 20,000 square metres,won the European Steel Design Award Fiberline is Denmark’s largest workspace. ProjeCt2007 for its groundbreaking design. The The building is a very precise form laid in At the heart of the building is Fiberline’s Fiberlinebuilding rises sculpturally out of the Danish the landscape that contains everything open-plan workspace which is 100 metreslandscape and is in fact a 330-metre- belonging to the Fiberline universe – wide by 200 metres long. This is the loCation Middelfart, Denmarklong hill that brings together production, the factory itself, the parking places, composite factory itself, and up above andproduct development, administration and the loading and unloading bays, the all around the production facilities are the Clientlogistics all in one unbroken open space. warehouse, the offices and administration long galleries of office space with people Fiberline Composites – everything is placed in this one building. working. Rockfon ceilings were used here arChiteCt to give the office space exactly the right KHR Arkitekter amount of reverberation. >> Copenhagen, Denmark ProduCt Fusion® Mono® Acoustic 29
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  • 33. “ “So I thought, ‘could I take a knife and cut three large flaps in the landscape, and then lift them up and put light into them?’ And that’s exactly what we did.” It is definitely landscape art. No doubt about that. The Fiberline building is so distinctive and unusual that it’s already won several prizes, not least the European Steel Design Award 2007. 31
  • 34. A starship that just landed from outer how functionality, aesthetics and values can one sails up the fjords. As far as Fiberline space? Or a lost movie set from Star Wars? be brought together in a higher unity.” is concerned, I was very inspired by the old That’s what comes to mind the first time Viking fortresses with their circular walls one sees this astonishing piece of land-art. The Fiberline building was also nominated such as Trelleborg outside Slagelse and Of course, it’s not a spaceship – but a Danish for the prestigious European Union Prize Aggersborg by Limfjorden. Both fortresses composite factory situated right next to for Contemporary Architecture, also called were built around 980 AD. one of Denmark’s busiest motorways Mies van der Rohe Prize, in 2007. The prize just outside the town of Middelfart. is given to acknowledge and reward quality So when it came to Fiberline, I asked architectural production in Europe. myself, ‘is it possible to place a factory Even though it’s not a spaceship, it is and a workplace in the landscape? Could definitely landscape art. No doubt about Rockfon spoke to Jan Søndergaard, we do that?’ So I thought, ‘could I take that. The Fiberline building is so distinctive the man behind this amazing piece of a knife and cut three large flaps in the and unusual that it’s already won several landscape art. landscape, and then lift them up and put prizes, not least the European Steel Design light into them?’ And that’s exactly what as a surfaCe, Award 2007. Søndergaard says he is very inspired by we did. It’s a big and very precise form landscapes and wants to let his buildings we’ve laid in the landscape which actually Ceilings bring The jury awarded the Danish architect become a part of the landscape. “I’m contains everything that belongs to the and Copenhagen University professor Jan very inspired by the Scandinavian universe Fiberline universe. The factory itself, the everything Søndergaard and his architect firm KHR which is bound by the generations and our parking places, the loading and unloading the European Steel Design Award 2007 relationship to the land and the landscape. landings, the warehouse – everything together. for the Fiberline building because of its And by the light, and the special way the is placed in the design itself. It’s all one groundbreaking design and the way in air moves between the mountains when form that contains everything and holds which the building rises so magnificently out of the Danish landscape. And for the way he created a 330-metre-long hill— Jan søndergaard, that brings together production, product development, administration and logistics arChiteCt all in one unbroken open space. The jury wrote: “Fiberline is an exceptional example of the potential of steel to create slim, light constructions that are at the same time very competitive. The Fiberline building shows32
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  • 37. everything. There are no external parking With a total of 20,000 square metres,lots with cars anywhere… so it is like a Fiberline is Denmark’s largest workspace.spaceship. You drive in, and everything’s “It’s a question of creating ‘identities’,”in it. The whole building is a continuation says Søndergaard who started his careerof the landscape, and the high back of the working for B&O. “I believe that when webuilding completely follows the landscape. are working with putting rooms together, there arises a joint understanding ofSo the building is like three large cuts, and in one’s identity as a company. The buildinghere are the production facilities which are influences the way people feel about theirlike a spinning mill. Since Fiberline makes workplace.” Fiberline’s open workspace iscomposites – which are artificial materials 100 metres wide by 200 metres long – andmade from combining raw materials – their the whole building is 300 metres long.products are hanging from the ceilings likethreads. And then around all this, there are “Visually, it’s as if the meeting rooms arepeople sitting and working on the third hanging outside the building, but they arelevel overlooking the production facilities. a part of the building,” says Søndergaard.So it’s all one big open room with the “And the stairways are all open – sooffices, labs, administration, and everything when you go upstairs, it’s as if you areelse overlooking the production facilities. swinging in the air. The people down onEveryone can see everything, but no one is the production floor really enjoy havingbothered by any noise.” people upstairs and around them, because 35
  • 38. all they see are silhouettes working above have sprinklers in the big windows to indoor climate is important – and this is a controlling effect. In other words, they and around them.” meet fire regulations. And these windows where we used Rockfon ceilings. should bring together everything we’re also help the soundproofing in the big doing. You should be able to read from According to Søndergaard, acoustics production room. But in the long galleries The people who are actually sitting in the ceiling that a building is clarified and weren’t the biggest problem in creating where people are sitting upstairs, we had this space are really satisfied with the well thought through. And that everything such a large workspace, but fire safety to find the right balance when it comes to result because the space has exactly the is integrated by means of the ceilings. regulations were because you simply aren’t sound. You don’t want to make a room amount of reverberation they wanted. allowed to make such big rooms without that is completely ‘dead’ in terms of sound But the ceilings really get to work hard We also used Mono Acoustic in the guaranteeing them. “So at Fiberline, we because then it’s not inspiring to work in. in this building – and they are up to the meeting rooms, and here we decided to had to make some divisions, and we also People are inspired by each other, so the challenge. And the result is a space that’s experiment – and use Rockfon’s Mono very comfortable to sit in and which Acoustic on the walls because we wanted provides the inspiration that comes from the rendered and plastered surface as a sitting with other people.” contrast to the rest of the surfaces. Originally Søndergaard was against We’ve been happy to use Rockfon system lowered ceilings, and in his previous ceilings at Fiberline because they clearly works such as the much acclaimed Pihl support the whole idea that Fiberline’s headquarters in Copenhagen, everything products are composites made of different was visible, even the sprinkler systems. products. So we wanted to tell that story And in the big workspace at Fiberline, it’s – and we’re very happy with the ceilings the same. But Søndergaard used Rockfon because everything is built into the ceilings Fusion ceilings in the offices because he (ventilation, lights etc.). And we’ve tried to wanted a completely-controlled look in the break or penetrate the ceilings as little as “ office space. “And it really is a beautiful possible. The only things you can actually look. We put lights, electrical installations see are the fire detectors (they were the Søndergaard used Rockfon Fusion ceilings in the and the tracks all into the Rockfon Fusion only things we couldn’t hide). Everything offices because he wanted a completely-controlled system, and the result is really beautiful. else is hidden. We selected Rockfon look in the office space. It’s a very good solution to use Rockfon ceilings mostly because of appearance, not “We put lights, electrical installations and the system ceilings because it gives a freedom so much because of fire safety, because tracks all into the Rockfon Fusion system, and the in terms of managing the technical we think it’s a beautiful product.” << result is really beautiful.” installation while creating ceilings that aesthetically are beautiful to look at. The ideal ceilings should appear as if they have36
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  • 43. 05:Gateway Academy in Thurrock has now 24 Grid. Adrian Warne, Partner at LGH, Koral is a white, micro-textured tile thatbeen completed with an impressive final noted: “All areas within the school have delivers extremely well in a number ofconstruction value of £24 million. Over different requirements, and many with performance areas and ensures a high level15,000 square metres of Rockfon ceiling gentle curves. The project has Rockfon of sound absorption. It was specified for thistiles were specified for use throughout suspended ceilings throughout as these project due to its acoustic properties and inthe entire school. The state-of-the-art fitted the bill perfectly with a range that a tegular format for aesthetic reasons.‘doughnut’ shaped building has been fulfilled the various design parameters.developed for the forthcoming merger The ability to have a one-stop shop was For enhanced room-to-room insulation, ProjeCtof two under-capacity secondary schools really beneficial and cost efficient.” Sonar Silence with its specially-applied Gateway Academywithin the town, becoming host to backing material was installed, while its1,800 students. The Sonar tile is ideally suited for use in white and slightly-textured surface helped loCation Thurrock, United Kingdom classrooms due to its compliance with to create a truly elegant ceiling expression.Lianne Toothill of Lyster, Grillet & Harding sound absorption requirement AD.E.E3. arChiteCtArchitects, who have specified Rockfon It is available in various module sizes With all schools there are areas such as Lyster, Grillett & Hardingin the past, comments on the project: and edge details to suit differing design kitchens and food technology rooms that ProduCt“Rockfon were specified as they were the options and installation needs. require a high level of cleanliness. The Koralonly ceiling tile on the market that had Hygienic tile was specified because it fully Sonar® Polar Colour100% humidity resistance. They were Polar Colour tiles can make a dramatic complies with the most stringent demands Sonar® Silenceunmatched in terms of their fire resistance difference to the impression of any room for hygiene and ease of cleaning. They are Hygienicproperties and after using them in the past due to the variety of colours available. For durable and covered in a white surfacewe had no hesitation in using them again.” this specific project, Night Blue was chosen, paint incorporating fungicide to enhance as Lianne explains: “The Polar Colour tile resistance to any micro-organisms that maySix Rockfon products were specified for was chosen because of the colour range as develop in environments such as this. >>this project: Koral, Sonar, Polar Colour, it was necessary to provide Drama roomsSonar Silence, Hygienic and Rocklink with the option of a blackout.” 41
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  • 46. Stunningly different and ground-breakingly partner at LGH, who combined his interest the principle blocks are closely-linked and contemporary, the appearance of the in the environment with his skill in spatial enclose a large attractive landscaped court. Gateway Academy in Thurrock truly defies design to develop a blueprint for the new The school is very high-profile and highly- convention and challenges the traditional school that would fit in with the stringent visible in a flat marshland site, and we had design of educational establishments requirements of the local environment and to deal with this content in the design and everywhere. The Academy is a unique £24- the needs of the local communities. The appearance of where it sits between the million development arranged in the shape unification of the structure had to reflect communities it serves. We have provided of a doughnut and viewed as a massive functionality, practicality and contextual a building that significantly improves the G-shaped structure from above. The impression – both externally and internally education provision for pupils, teachers and design was the brainchild of Lyster, Grillet – as Adrian explains: “The arrangement of the local community. The central courtyard and Harding Architects, a medium-sized practice that specialises in innovative and contemporary design for the education sector, with 95% of the work undertaken i truly believe concentrated on this market. that design The design pushes the boundaries of academic representation, and the design Can transform team faced many challenges. The new super academy is the merger of two separate the quality of schools, one in Grays and one in Tilbury, both of which were performing under learning. capacity. The architects were approached in 2002 by Thurrock Council to undertake a feasibility study for a new secondary school which would eventually house 1,800 students. The gauntlet was accepted by the — adrian Warne, architects whose creativity was only limited by the boundaries of their imagination. arChiteCt The result: A design evolved from the experiences and vision of Adrian Warne,44
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  • 49. “has provided secure, usable outside space, architects, in particular Richard Rogers,and the variety of teaching spaces located Charles Renee Macintosh and Frank Lloyd “I truly believe that design can transform thearound the court for various academic Wright. His first significant project was quality of learning, and utilising every availabledisciplines work very well. So too, does the the design of the Percy Rugg Design and space – including the roof area – can beinternal street design, linking to the core Technology Centre at the Leys School, hugely beneficial in terms of visual appeal andblock which incorporates a wide range of Cambridge in 1986, which won an RIBA practicality. And this is what we have achievedcommunal facilities including café, library, regional Award. This has been followed at the Gateway Academy.”hall and gym.” by many projects in schools, colleges and academies in and surroundingIt is this continuity and flow that transfers to the county of Cambridgeshire. But thethe interior, and the innovative and clever Gateway Academy in Thurrock is his mostuse of the ceiling space is a noticeable imaginative to date.and creative feature of the building.“The school has been designed with a “The project has Rockfon suspendedlot of non-rectangular rooms, many with ceilings throughout, as these fitted thegently curving ceilings,” continues Adrian, bill perfectly, with a range that fulfilledwhose work has been inspired by some of the various design parameters,” continuesthe most pioneering architects of modern Adrian. “I truly believe that design cantimes. Adrian saw the aesthetic benefits transform the quality of learning, andof using the ceiling space as a visible and utilising every available space – includingeye-catching feature of the overall design the roof area – can be hugely beneficial– and by using specialist Rockfon ceiling in terms of visual appeal and practicality.products, other considerations such as And this is what we have achieved at thefire, acoustic and noise control could be Gateway Academy.”easily accommodated. Six Rockfon products were specified –Adrian’s inspiration comes from a very Koral, Sonar, Polar, Sonar Silence, Hygienicwell respected source, having trained at and Rocklink 24 Grid. The Sonar tile isLeicester School of Architecture under ideally suited for use in classrooms due toTed Cullinan, a significant architect of the its compliance with the sound absorptiontime. Throughout his career he has been requirement AD.E.E3. Available in variousinfluenced by some of the most farsighted module sizes and edge details to suit 47
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  • 51. differing design options and installation are durable and covered in a white surface needs, Sonar is flexible and adaptable. paint incorporating fungicide to enhance resistance to any micro-organisms that may Colour played a major role in the develop in environments such as this. specification of the Polar Colour tiles, which can make a dramatic difference The response to this futuristic and to the impression of any room due to stunningly-visual school has been the variety of colours available. For this phenomenal and meets with Adrian’s desire specific project, Night Blue was chosen to fulfil his clients’ needs. “Understanding because of the colour range as it was their detailed requirements, subsequently necessary to provide specialised areas providing what they wanted, and then such as the drama rooms with the option adding what they didn’t realise they of a blackout. could have is the backbone of excellent architecture,” he comments. “We have Koral is a white, micro-textured tile that created an exciting and vibrant forum for performs extremely well in a number learning – the architectural design of the of key areas and ensures a high level of academy is original, the materials used sound absorption. Its acoustic properties combine high performance with aesthetics and tegular format were perfect for the and the school stands as a beacon in the application for aesthetic reasons. For local area.” << enhanced room-to-room insulation, Sonar Silence with its specially-applied backing material was installed, while its white! slightly-textured surface helped to create a truly elegant ceiling expression. Colour played a major role in the specification of the Polar Colour tiles, which can make a dramatic The Hygienic tile was specified because difference to the impression of any room due to it fully complies with the most stringent the variety of colours available. demands for hygiene and ease of cleaning. For the new school, this was very important as the kitchens and food technology rooms required the highest levels of cleanliness. They 49
  • 52. “ “The project has Rockfon suspended ceilings throughout, as these fitted the bill perfectly, with a range that fulfilled the various design parameters.”50
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  • 55. 06:GeoCenter Møns Klint is a Danish The unusual thing about the centre is that Choice of materials for the building wasgeological and nature centre located the architects decided to put most of the also based on the natural environment.on the picturesque cliffs of Møn in building underground. Out of respect for Everything is white, like the cliffs: Thesoutheastern Denmark. Some 300,000 nature, the visible, above-ground part building is made of white concrete, thepeople a year visit the exhibition centre of the centre takes up as little space as floors are white cement plaster, the indoorwhich tells the story of Denmark’s possible – while the large exhibition area is walls are white rendered plasterboard andgeological history and of the flora and totally underground. This also harmonizes the ceilings in the hall and restaurant arefauna of this beautifully-preserved natural well with the centre’s purpose, which is to white Mono Acoustic spray-rendered ProjeCtarea. The centre is located close to the tell the story of Denmark’s underground. ceilings. Underground, in the exhibition GeoCenter Møns Klintedge of the largest cliff which is some 100 space, everything is black – especially themetres high. Danish Queen Margrethe The actual flow of the building is very ceilings which are Rockfon’s Industrial loCation Møns Klint, Denmarkinaugurated the nature centre in 2007. simple: Guests enter and go underground Ceiling Panel Black, chosen because of its to see the exhibition, then come up to excellent sound absorption qualities. >> ClientThe World Architecture Festival considers the hall where there’s a restaurant and Fonden GeoCenter Møns KlintGeoCenter Møns Klint one of the beautiful terrace that is very close to themost beautiful buildings in the world actual cliff. arChiteCtand shortlisted the centre in its Nature PLH arkitekter as, Copenhagen, Denmarkcategory at the World Architecture Festivalin Barcelona in October 2008. The centre ProduCtwas designed by the Danish architect firm Mono® Acoustic Industrial Ceiling Panel BlackPLH Architects of Copenhagen. 53
  • 56. “ “We chose Mono Acoustic for the hall and the restaurant because we didn’t want to have any directional lines in the ceilings since the building itself is curved. Traditional lowered ceilings have joints, but we didn’t want any straight lines because they would disturb the soft curvature of the building.”54
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  • 58. GeoCenter Møns Klint is a Danish geological and nature centre located on the picturesque cliffs of Møn in southeastern Denmark. The exhibition centre offers a stunning glimpse of Denmark’s geological history as well as the flora and fauna of this beautifully-preserved natural area. The centre is located close to the edge of the largest cliff which is some 100 metres high. Queen Margrethe inaugurated the nature centre in 2007. Roughly 300,000 people visit the centre each year. The World Architecture Festival considers sometimes GeoCenter Møns Klint one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. As a things Just arise result, GeoCenter Møns Klint was one of the nine shortlisted entries in the Nature naturally – and category at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in October 2008. There were that’s usually 700 entries from some 63 countries. When it beComes The centre was designed by the ! Danish architect firm PLH Architects of Copenhagen. Rockfon talked to Søren really interesting! Mølbak, one of the partners, about this The World Architecture Festival considers stunning and unusual natural museum. GeoCenter Møns Klint one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. As a result, GeoCenter “We started working on the centre in Møns Klint was one of the nine shortlisted entries — søren mølbak, 2002 when PLH won an open international in the Nature category at the World Architecture architect competition with 300 entries for Festival in Barcelona in October 2008. There were arChitekt the project. But it’s taken a long time to 700 entries from some 63 countries.56
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  • 60. build because it took a while to raise money we thought, let’s put the whole exhibition Respect for nature has been a main just arise naturally – and that’s usually for the centre. Previously this very special area underground – and that’s how the concern all the way through when when it becomes really interesting! And natural area was privately owned, but idea was born.” building the centre. “We also wanted the result is really beautiful. People now more than 20 years ago, the Danish state to protect the trees on the other side of call the visible part of the building the took over the property but didn’t improve Mølbak believes PLH Architects won the the building, which actually is how the ‘wing’ and the wing has become the the facilities. Then a group of local people competition for the project because of their beautiful curvature of the building arose. centre’s icon.” who were dissatisfied with the situation, underground concept combined with the We simply wanted to keep those beautiful decided to create a foundation called ‘wing-shaped roof’ icon. “Today the centre larch trees which meant we couldn’t build Choice of materials was also based around ‘GeoCenter Møns Klint’ to raise money is built so that the whole exhibition centre in a straight line, so the building is curved the natural environment. “Because the for a centre which focused on the birth is underneath the natural hill that was because of the trees! Sometimes things cliffs are white and we wanted to follow of Denmark – from a geological point of there to begin with. The building is situated view. So when we started work on the almost all the way out to the edge of the project, there were a lot of rundown huge cliff. The only part of the building buildings scattered around the property that is above ground is the hall and the and one very fine building which was a restaurant. The other thing we did to keep hotel. We tore everything down except the above-ground part of the building as the hotel building which we restored. small as possible was to restore the old hotel so we could put the school service and the The brief for the GeoCenter was that the administration over there. In this way, the exhibition facility was going to need a lot new building required less space. of space. We thought that this amount of building space was simply too large for this The actual flow inside the building is very beautiful and very sensitive natural area. simple. You go underground to see the “ So out of respect for the nature, we came exhibition and come up to the hall. And up with the idea that the visible part of upstairs (the above-ground part) there’s a the centre should be as small as possible. restaurant with a big terrace that is very “The ceiling is completely flat and looks like a And the only way we could do this was close to the actual cliff. We had to take traditional flat ceiling. For me, these ceilings to put most of the building underground. care when we dug out the site because it’s work as an architectural expression because they This seemed to be a good idea since the so close to the edge of the cliff. The cliffs are so modern, completely without lines and aim of the exhibition is to tell the story are slowly crumbling and receding, and completely free of any technical disturbances.” of Denmark’s birth by exploring and experts say that in 300 years this whole explaining Denmark’s underground. So place will fall into the sea.”58
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  • 62. nature, our choice of materials and colors special effect lighting was going to be is based on the natural environment. But used in the darkened rooms. Also the we didn’t want to paint the walls white, so rooms required a lot of sound absorption the building is made of white concrete, the because the whole exhibition is interactive floors are white cement plaster, the indoor with people touching and moving things walls are white rendered plasterboard, – and there are a lot of sound effects. and the ceilings are white Mono Acoustic The exhibition, which is very popular with spray-rendered ceilings. kids, is comprised of cave-like exhibition booths that are laid out like the spine We chose Mono Acoustic for the hall and of a dinosaur. These cave-like booths the restaurant because we didn’t want to are quite big (6 metres high by 7-8 have any directional lines in the ceilings metres long), and inside each there are since the building itself is curved. Traditional exhibitions with different artists showing lowered ceilings have joints, but we didn’t their interpretation of various aspects of want any straight lines because they would Denmark’s underground. The exhibition disturb the soft curvature of the building. itself is called Denmark’s Birth so visitors So that’s why we chose Mono Acoustic. actually walk through Denmark’s birth We also placed all the ceiling light fixtures from prehistoric times to today by going in random order (instead of in rows) so through the different geological levels of the lights are like the stars in the sky, and Denmark. And the children can actually their random placement does not disturb see in the microscopes that the cliffs are the curves. The ceiling is completely flat really made of fossils. Last year, a little boy and looks like a traditional flat ceiling. For found a real dinosaur’s tooth – and experts me, these ceilings work as an architectural believe that one day they will perhaps find expression because they are so modern, a whole monster!” << completely without lines and completely free of any technical disturbances.” Underground in the exhibition hall, the ceilings are black like everything else. “Here we used Rockfon’s Industrial Ceiling Panel Black because60
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  • 65. 07:The shining Havezate was opened at the Hof van Saksen offers such rare luxury but concept of each was an important pointHof van Saksen holiday resort on June 22, in an entirely contemporary fashion. The of departure for the overall layout. Each of2007. Architect Cor Kalfsbeek collaborated starting point was not only to completely them has its own look and feel.with the interior furnishings of top- design all the rooms, but also to give themdesigner Piet Boon to offer guests of the a bit of character. The Rockfon ceilings had to blend inHavezate absolute luxury and quality. The with all concepts and contribute to themagnificent gardens that surround the A substantial proportion of the total atmosphere interior architect Piet Booncentral building were specially designed space comprises a large indoor swimming had in mind. Rockfon Sonar is used ProjeCtby Piet Oudolf. pool, sauna, fitness facility and spa in throughout, both in the wet areas and Hof van Saksen the wellness centre. The building also in the restaurants. Standard white SonarOnly well-to-do ‘gentlemen farmers’ in accommodates four restaurants. There is panels were supplied, as well as specially- loCation Nooitgedacht,Drenthe used to be able to afford the luxury an exclusive à la carte restaurant, a Grand coloured Polar Colour ceiling panels, and Assen, Netherlandsof a havezate, a large country house. The Café, an Italian restaurant and a self- installed in a concealed-grid system. <<modern 10,000-square-metre Havezate at service restaurant. Here as well, the total arChiteCt Cor Kalfsbeek, Paterswolde interior arChiteCt Piet Boon, Oostzaan ProduCt Sonar® Polar Colour 63
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  • 70. ! A substantial proportion of the total space comprises a large indoor swimming pool, sauna, fitness facility and spa in the wellness centre. The relatively high humidity level in these areas made Rockfon Sonar’s high resistance to moisture a key element while maintaining the high design level.68
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  • 77. 08:In 2005, Le Monde headquarters a strong personality. De Portzamparc (1500 x 600 mm) were installed mainly inmoved to a fully-refurbished building was involved in all aspects – technical, the corridor and office spaces. Rockfoninspired by famous French architect and functional and aesthetics. products were chosen for their acousticurbanist Christian de Portzamparc. He properties as well as the combination ofmetamorphosed a neutral ‘70s building Over 12,000 square metres of Sonar special dimensions and edges. <<into a contemporary office building with with a combination of E15 and D edges ProjeCt Le Monde loCation Paris, France arChiteCt Christian de Portzamparc Paris, France ProduCt Sonar® E15/D 75
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  • 83. 09:Located in the heart of Paris (75), the style building with the help of Patriarche & The Mono Acoustic monolithic ceiling3,000-square-metre Mobalpa showroom Co architects. Converted by the Mobalpa was the perfect choice for the projecthas 3 levels dedicated to kitchen, bathroom design office in collaboration with the due to its combination of aestheticismand storage solutions. TBWA agency, this showroom presents and unique acoustic performance. 1,300 the brand’s complete range of products square metres of Mono Acoustic wereThese ultra-contemporary premises have in an innovative and dynamic way with installed as islands to accentuate thebeen created from a purely Haussman- appealing spaces and digital signs. elegance of the premises. >> ProjeCt Mobalpa Showroom loCation Paris, France Customer Mobalpa (Fournier Habitat) arChiteCt Patriarche & Co (Le Bourget du Lac, France) interior arChiteCt Mobalpa design office and TBWA ProduCt Mono® Acoustic 81
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  • 85. ! Starting with a traditional Haussman building, the architect firm Patriarche & Co turned the site into a very contemporary environment. 83
  • 86. Jean-Loup Patriarche, a pupil of Paul Virilio led us to choose a ‘cloud’ ceiling rather due to the context we were working in – at the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, than one covering the entire surface area. respect of the original idea and respect of started his career working for a variety of Of course, the aesthetics and intrinsic Mobalpa’s concepts.” << firms before returning to Savoie in 1980. qualities of Rockfon Mono Acoustic After the death of his father, Bernard, he helped us arrive at this choice, too.” developed the firm of Patriarche & Co structuring it on a British model strongly When designing and implementing any inspired by the architecture of Frank Lloyd given project, Patriarche & Co rely on two Wright. He participates in all projects and fundamental principles – humility and coordinates the work of the team. He is sincerity. Jean-Loup explains: “Humility the force behind the architectural style of means listening to needs, paying attention the firm. to the site and the context while respecting the technical and budgetary framework. Jean-Loup doesn’t play favourites. He finds Being sincere guarantees a pertinent and the aesthetiCs and that all projects, be they large or small, long-term solution that goes beyond have a rewarding and interesting aspect trends, capable of arousing emotion.” intrinsiC qualities that encourages overall creativity. “All the projects we handle have contributed These design principles and philosophical of roCkfon mono in varying degrees to the technical and ideals are obvious in the Mobalpa cultural development of the firm. The showroom project. “Exactly,” agrees aCoustiC helped us diversity of projects handled is a source Jean-Loup, “especially in this instance of ideas and contributes to the quality ofarrive at this ChoiCe. each individual project.” For Mobalpa’s Paris showroom, acoustic and other technical considerations (edges, dimensions, monolithic, flexibility, etc.) — Jean-loup played a large part in Patriarche & Co choosing Mono Acoustic as the ceiling for patriarChe, the project. “It was primarily the obvious confusion of existing technical installations arChitekt breaking through a suspended ceiling that84
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  • 89. ! The selection of Mono Acoustic, Rockfon’s monolithic acoustic ceiling, perfectly integrated in the project thanks to its high aesthetics and unique acoustic performance. 87
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  • 93. 10:On January 18, 2007, Queen Beatrix of utmost attention given the function of sanded. Once the surface is completelythe Netherlands opened the new wing the building and the often hard materials smooth, it is finished with a spray plasterof the Peace Palace – a multifunctional used – not to mention aesthetics. The which creates a seamless ceiling.7,000-square-metre complex with library, building’s multi-purpose hall demanded areading room, auditorium and office ceiling capable of high sound absorption Special colour requirements were also aspaces reserved for the International Court (αw of between 0.80-0.90). It also had consideration on this project. The ceilingand the Permanent Court of Arbitrage. to be seamless, constructed from a stable in the multi-purpose hall was given fourThe new wing is comprised of geometric material and allow the possibility of using different colours. In terms of colour, the ProjeCtshapes – rectangles, triangles and ellipses colour. The choice was conclusively a grey surfaces on the ground floor elegantly Peace Palace– combining modern materials with a Rockfon Mono Acoustic ceiling. abut the metal with which the readingrespect for history. room is trimmed. The red colour of the loCation The Hague, Netherlands In some places, the ceiling would ceiling exactly matches the red countriesThe increasing number of books and abut metal, glass and plaster covings. artwork that decorates one of the arChiteCtparticipants in international conferences Architectural adaptations had to be walls. Then there is a yellow ceiling that Wilford Schupp Architecten, Stuttgart, Germanymeant that the old building had grown undertaken, and there was an extensive transitioned to an external ceiling throughbeyond capacity. A large part of the new lighting plan that had to be taken into the glazed frontage without a change in bd architectuur, Leidenbuilding is dedicated to a library and reading consideration. colour. The same was done with a violetroom, while the basement offers about 22 ceiling which projects outside through the interior arChiteCtrunning kilometres of shelf space. The Mono Acoustic system comprises a façade like a slice of cake. >> bd architectuur, Leiden suspended system to which Rockfon ceilingOne of the things that had to be considered panels are secured using screw plates. The ProduCt Mono® Acousticwas, of course, the acoustics. This required joins are concealed with a filler and then 91
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  • 96. “It was only logical that we should be building that should remain recognisably Because you have to remember: as soon involved in building the new wing of the so. And that’s the way it’s turned out. as a new building is delivered, it gets Peace Palace. We’ve been involved with the Now, when you approach the palace, you photographed from all sides – when it’s building since 1975, restoring numerous see the old part in its full glory with the looking great. But how will it look in ten aspects, and we are still coordinating the new wing on the side. years’ time? We already take that into maintenance work. We’ve formulated the account in the design: the buildings we requirements for the new building on the When you’re working on a new building, construct only get more attractive with basis of that background. you sometimes notice that local residents the years!” << are not happy about it. Initially, they don’t In our view, a building is primarily something think much of it; they have no affinity to be used that has to last a long time. If with it. But that’s logical; a building only the users can’t live or work optimally in becomes imbedded in a community it, then it’s inadequate. Durability is a key when it’s been there for some time. It word in our work. Which is why we’re no needs time to develop a relationship the buildings trendsetters in the use of new materials; in with its surroundings. So you have to get our buildings you will chiefly see materials over the initial period after construction We ConstruCt that have proved their worth. That gives a before the building has become part of distinctive look and appearance, one that its surroundings. You do that by designing only get more can stand the test of time. buildings with human dimensions, which fit into their environment and age well. attraCtive With The challenge here was to build a new wing for the Peace Palace that is individual but the years! harmonises with the historic building, the garden and the rest of the surroundings. As a designer you can then coordinate with the existing building or, alternatively, seek a contrast. The initial idea was to — bas van hille, include part of an earlier extension of the Peace Palace into the new building. We arChiteCt have abandoned that idea, however, and opted for a new construction. We felt that the Peace Palace is an icon, a dominant94
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  • 103. 11:Postkantoren BV Nederland was looking precisely delivers the end result to the The resulting ceiling with the route mapfor a way to process illustrations into printer which Postkantoren BV then illustration forms part of the new corporateceilings. Following a visit to a previously- approves. In this case, special conditions style of Postkantoren BV. This style willinstalled printed ceiling, their response were imposed on the installation be applied to future renovations andwas clear: “We also want this type of direction and various edge finishes of alterations which could potentially affectRockfon ceiling!” The starting point was a the Sonar D panels used. This demanded 200 ceilings. The fact that Postkantorensuspended ceiling island with a route map lots of discussion about the placement of BV was so satisfied was confirmed by anprinted on it. the main supports and the print direction order for a similar ceiling for their office in ProjeCt of the panels. All panels were ultimately Papendrecht, Netherlands. << Post OfficeDesigning and executing this type of numbered and had to be mounted in onepanel ceiling is no easy task. First of particular way. Otherwise, the route map loCation Apeldoorn, Netherlandsall, a graphic file has to be created that would not be illustrated properly. Client Postkantoren BV Nederland arChiteCt Renovation project ProduCt Sonar® (in a special customized printed version) 101
  • 104. ! A graphic file has to be created that precisely delivers the end result to the printer which Postkantoren BV then approves. In this case, special conditions were imposed on the installation direction and various edge finishes of the Sonar D panels used.102
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  • 109. 12:The Swedish Environmental Protection Upon entering the building, there is employees work in open-plan offices.Agency (EPA) was created in 1967 and a sense of activity. One is met by the One is struck by the very quiet and calmis the national agency for environmental agency’s vision which is written upon the atmosphere of these open areas. Naturalprotection and nature conservation. The wall: A good environment for people and materials were used for all the surfacesorganisation’s key tasks are to present all living creatures – now and for future people come into contact with such as theproposals for environmental policy and generations. The ground floor welcomes doorknobs and the furniture, and eachlegislation to the Swedish Government the public with a library, meeting and floor is carefully designed to meet theand to ensure that environmental policy conference rooms – and a friendly café needs of the people working there. ProjeCtdecisions are implemented. with a lot of activities. Swedish Environmental Protection Agency Open-plan office spaces make materialsThe agency moved into its new The building itself is very open, and there with good sound absorption qualities loCationheadquarters in Stockholm in August is a large atrium in the middle which a necessity throughout the building. To Stockholm, Sweden2007. The headquarters are a combination extends through all the floors up to the meet these requirements, Rockfon Koral isof a new building and the restoration of an sky. A beautiful hanging stairway sways used on all levels. << Client Naturvårdsverketexisting one. Great care has been taken to like a sculpture in the open space.make sure the new and old buildings work arChiteCtwell together and are well-integrated into Above the ground floor, there are three Brunnberg & Forshed Arkitekter AB,the surrounding cityscape. storeys with office areas. Here all 490 Stockholm ProduCt Koral 107
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  • 119. 13:Some 1,600 employees work at the new everything emanates. This central hall used in a multitude of ways with spacesSwedish Posten’s headquarters in Solna, entry space is three storeys high. With so in between for coffee breaks, printers andoutside Stockholm. The huge, glass much glass (both inside and out), there copy machines. Along the outer wall ofbuilding is nearly 60,000 sq. metres. The is light everywhere, and one can actually the building, there are ’lobby’ areas whichSwedish architect firm BSK Architects won glimpse the sky from the ground floor. can be used for informal meetings, privatethe project in an international competition telephone conversations, or for workingwith their proposal called “Thinktank”, Flexibility and transparency were key alone when one wants peace and quiet.which has been characterized as words when it came to the interior design ProjeCt‘modernity, openness and effectiveness’. of Swedish Posten’s new headquarters. It Open-plan workspaces like the ones at The Post Headquarters was vital to the organisation’s employees Swedish Posten are a challenge to buildersThis spectacular 12-storey building, which that the workspaces could be used in a when it comes to acoustics, so Rockfon loCation Stockholm, Swedenis one of the largest in Sweden, brings all range of different ways by different people, ceilings were chosen to provide a goodthe functions of the organisation together depending on the department and/or indoor climate and good acoustics. << Clientin a complex and impressive box-like glass function the space is being used for. The Posten ABbuilding with a central hall from which result: open-plan workspaces that can be arChiteCt BSK Arkitekter AB, Stockholm ProduCt Sonar® Koral 117
  • 120. ! Flexibility and transparency were key words when it came to the interior design of Swedish Posten’s new headquarters. It was vital to the organisation’s employees that the workspaces could be used in a range of different ways by different people, depending on the department and/or function the space is being used for.118
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  • 127. 14:The wishes and requirements when is actually beginning to look like a town while the Medical Centre attached greatchoosing a good ceiling are increasingly within a town. A total of some 24,000 importance to the hygiene aspect. Afterdetermined by current laws and legislation. square metres has been added. Various numerous discussions between RockfonMatters such as fire safety, hygiene and important functions have been added, and the team from the UMCG, the totalacoustics are of critical importance. such as a laboratory and other practical package was put together.Particularly in the world of healthcare, it rooms for students. Several architects andis important to choose a partner that gives contractors were involved in the project The new UMCG building offers studentsyou the best advice and supports you in who made critical choices regarding the various practical rooms, which obviously ProjeCtmaking the best choice. ceilings to be installed. There were many have to have ideal hygienic conditions. UMCG University Medical Centre reasons for choosing Rockfon. Ultimately Dust emissions are an importantThe new University Medical Centre building however, the various types of ceiling were consideration. Moreover, Rockfon ceilings loCationin Groningen appears impressive – and it chosen by concentrating on the specific are not a medium on which moulds and Groningen, Netherlandsis. The futuristic building is a joy to the eye. requirements for the various uses of the bacteria can grow – they even work toWith these new facilities, the UMCG site rooms. This resulted in Rockfon products prevent their growth. The Hydroclean tile arChiteCt KuiperCompagnons, such as Sonar, Polar, Polar Colour, Ligna is a very hygienic product which can be Rotterdam and Hydroclean being used. The architects removed wet and is therefore highly suited paid a lot of attention to the aesthetics, for healthcare applications. << interior arChiteCt KuiperCompagnons, Rotterdam ProduCt Sonar® Krios Polar Polar Colour Ligna Hydroclean 125
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  • 135. 15:On the edge of the city centre of The shape of the new building gives built by a shipbuilder. Pre-installed withGroningen, near the building where the movement to the outside, and these windows, these elements are hoisted intomedical faculty was opened in the last dynamics and speed can also be felt on their final position.century, a brand new education building the inside. This feeling corresponds tohas grown. Subjects including kinematic the frequent young users of the building; The building is kept as pure as possible, as issciences are taught here. This is reflected students are in motion – growing and the installation of the ceilings. Island panelsin the appearance of the new building, investigating all sorts of things. with integrated lighting are used wherewhich links old and new eras to each parts of the architectural construction ProjeCtother like an organic joint. In the middle of the building, invisible had to remain visible. There are traditional UMCG Education Building (Onderwijsgebouw) from the outside, is a large college hall. closed ceilings in corridors and halls, whileThe starting point for the client and Above this, the building transitions to the rooms that require additional sound loCationarchitect was to give additional emphasis a patio, below which is a large bicycle absorption are also fitted with Rockfon Groningen, Netherlandsto the contrast between old and new – not parking garage. The enormous curved, Facett panels as wall absorbers. >>by leaving the original building from the prefabricated steel façade elements are arChiteCt RAU architecten, Amsterdamlast century to stand on its own, but byexplicitly integrating it into the new part. ProduCt Sonar® Sonar® Luna Polar Eilanden (acoustic islands) Facett (wall absorbers) 133
  • 136. “Our aim in building design is to fulfil the the superfluous and sometimes come up points are invisible. We also worked with wishes of all parties involved. This is the with different shapes and materials. We a shipwright on engineering the bent steel first challenge: developing a joint concept then select suppliers who are innovative support structure for this project. from the various, sometimes conflicting, and willing to add their own input. We interests. So we confer with all the parties incorporate new ideas into virtually Our one-planet architecture working involved: clients, urban developers and every building; we are constantly busy method and vision are respected and users. We put our vision on the table, with product development. Sometimes appreciated. We have won various prizes and a concept – a starting point – forms suppliers are unable to deliver what we for our buildings. Most clients are pleased from all those discussions. Architecture want, so then we develop it ourselves. to work with us because of our vision and is not art. You can turn your back on or how we carry it through. For some clients, ignore art. You have to use a building; it’s We have developed a special ceiling that is less important, as long as we fulfil functional. The people living near it see it island, for example, which distributes heat the programme of requirements and stay as a new neighbour. Their interest in what among other things, and sunblinds that within budget. That’s no problem for us. you design and build is far greater than unroll from bottom to top which facilitates We will incorporate our vision into the We only make your own interest as architect. better use of daylight. We’ve been design anyhow; there’s no extra charge using ceiling islands for some time and, for that.” << buildings With Our task is to monitor the jointly- combined with concrete core activation developed concept. We go to great and a heated or cooled floor, ventilation soCial added value: lengths – into the tiniest details: the air led along it is heated or cooled. We colours of the walls, the shape of the developed a ceiling island at Groningen one-planet skirting boards. The more consistently University, together with a supplier, that you carry the concept through, the more appears to be floating, as the attachment arChiteCture the individual elements enhance one “ another. That gives you the right balance, a building that fulfils it requirements and feels good for everybody. “We leave out the superfluous and sometimes come up with different shapes and materials. — thomas rau, We incorporate our own agency’s We then select suppliers who are innovative and vision into all our designs: one-planet willing to add their own input.” arChitekt architecture. We make buildings with social added value that generate more energy than they need, for example. We leave out134
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