The Maskinhallen underwent a major renovation in 2021, including the replacement of the asbestos boards on the roof and interior walls with environmentally friendly panels that offer similar aesthetics and enhanced functionality. Panels made by Rockpanel were chosen, containing natural materials in the form of basalt and up to 50% recycled material. These panels contribute to a circular economy, as they can be recycled and reused repeatedly without losing quality.
Culturally protected buildings impose higher demands
A protected building (q-marked building) is a building officially recognized as having special historical or architectural interest and therefore cannot be altered. This may mean, for example, that the building is protected from demolition or that the existing design and details must be preserved. The latter was the case for The Maskinhallen.
"We work extensively with culturally protected buildings, it's something we're used to. The Maskinhallen is culturally protected, which means we have to report and justify the changes we need to make to the County Administrative Board. You can also receive support for restoring certain original details, such as the lanterns. We also had to work with materials that did not significantly reduce the cultural value," explains Odd Fries, architect at AIX, and continues:
"We therefore started looking for replacement materials for the unhealthy asbestos boards that would not alter the space. Eventually, we found Rockpanel boards, which we could bend properly and perforate to create a sound-absorbing effect, while resembling the original boards. So, we were very happy when we found the product and we have received a lot of help and support from Rockpanel. It has been a safe and smooth process with a great result."