Acoustic ceilings in swimming pools

Shhh.

To be successful in offering relaxation, the quality of the building materials used along with attractive facilities is crucial.

Ceiling and walls clad with Troldtekt acoustic panels effectively absorb the sounds of splashing, shouting and playing, thus contributing to pleasant acoustics in swimming centres.

Photos (3):
Münster-Kinderhaus Pool, © Torben Weiss

Escape from everyday life and experience relaxing moments. This is what today’s guests expect from an indoor swimming pool. To offer this, not only attractive features are required – the quality of the building materials used also determines the well-being of the guests and thus the success of the pool.

Ceiling and walls clad with Troldtekt acoustic panels effectively absorb the sounds of splashing, shouting and playing, thus contributing to pleasant acoustics in swimming centres.

Cement-bonded wood wool panels are also durable, with a natural resistance to moisture. The flexible design options also offer considerable architectural freedom.

Choosing materials is a particularly challenging process for architects designing swimming centres. Of course, the materials have to aesthetically match the architectural idiom. But a number of functional requirements also need addressing.

Swimming centres are usually large spaces, high-ceilinged and with many glass or concrete surfaces. In combination with the excited shrieks of children having fun in the water, this calls for acoustically exacting solutions. It is therefore important that the large ceiling and wall surfaces are clad with materials that have a high absorption coefficient – so they effectively soak up the sounds.

Environments with constant high humidity also place additional demands on the strength and moisture tolerance of the materials. Finally, the expansive walls often need a very carefully conceived visual design.

Troldtekt panels are chosen for many swimming centres – and outdoor baths – because the natural advantages of the cement-bonded wood wool panels perfectly match the requirements. You can read about five reasons why Troldtekt is an ideal choice below.

Cement-bonded wood wool retains the essential qualities of the components used to produce it – the strength of cement and the natural breathability of wood.

Photos (3):
Nautiland in Würzburg, © Olaf Wiechers

Superior acoustics

The open structure of Troldtekt acoustic panels absorbs sound effectively. The result is shorter reverberation times, minimising unpleasant noise – in the swimming pool areas and in the associated facilities (changing rooms, café etc.).

>> Read more about good acoustics

Natural strength

Cement-bonded wood wool retains the essential qualities of the components used to produce it – the strength of cement and the natural breathability of wood. Troldtekt acoustic panels are moisture-tolerant and therefore extremely suitable as acoustic ceilings in wet rooms. The panels cannot rot and do not attract fungal growth or other microorganisms.

The Danish Technological Institute has documented that Troldtekt acoustic panels are suitable for installing in rooms with:

  • moisture levels of up to 98 per cent (+/- 2 per cent)
  • high temperatures of up to at least 40 degrees.

Troldtekt has thus achieved the highest CE marking level (D) for water resistance.

The documentation shows that Troldtekt is a robust choice for even the most humid and warm rooms such as swimming pools, shower rooms and wellness departments.

>> Read more about natural strength

Effective fireproofing

Wood alone is an organic and flammable material, but every single wood fibre in a Troldtekt panel is encapsulated and protected by cement. Troldtekt panels are therefore fireproof without the use of any fire retardant or dangerous chemicals.

Troldtekt acoustic panels are fire classified under European standard EN 13501. Troldtekt acoustic panels are classified as B-s1,d0, which denotes the material’s reaction to fire. In practice, this means that Troldtekt panels are only weakly combustible and weakly heat and smoke-emitting.

>> Read more about effective fire protection

Troldtekt panels can be used to create a unique look on large ceiling and wall surfaces, adding to the whole as sound-absorbing design elements.

Photos (3):
Kusel Swimming Pool, © Olaf Wiechers

Flexible design

Troldtekt panels offer a number of different design options. Through special installation, colours or CNC machining, the panels can be used to create a unique look on large ceiling and wall surfaces, adding to the whole as sound-absorbing design elements.

Troldtekt design solutions come with the same great technical properties as the classic Troldtekt acoustic panels.

>> See the design options

Documented sustainability

Troldtekt is certified in the silver category under the internationally recognised Cradle to Cradle scheme.

The certification was attained in part because the panels contain no substances that are harmful to humans or the environment. They can therefore return to the biological cycle as nutrients, or to a technical cycle as a raw material in cement production.

 

Ramboll has also outlined how Troldtekt specifically contributes points to areas such as total cost of ownership, indoor climate and materials in the leading sustainability certifications – DGNB, LEED and BREEAM.

>> Read more about documented sustainability

Simple installation

Troldtekt panels are installed directly on battens on ceilings and walls or using profile systems such as suspended ceilings – with concealed or visible profiles. When installing the panels, only a few screws are needed per panel. There is no need to use filler or paint after installation.

The Troldtekt series includes specially designed screws that match the panels’ standard colours and structure. If you choose Troldtekt panels in custom colours, we can supply extra paint so you can dab the screws in the same colour.

>> See more about installation

Project data

Acoustic ceiling

Troldtekt GmbH
Friesenweg 4 · Haus 12
D – 22763 Hamburg

Author

Dipl.-Ing. Architekt Olaf Wiechers
Büro für Architektur  +  Mediendienstleistungen
Klaus-Groth-Str. 1
D – 21629 Neu Wulmstorf

(Advertorial)

Photograph

Olaf Wiechers
Torben Weiss Münster-Kinderhaus Pool)

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