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FESTIVAL GOERS TESTING FUTURE REFUGEE SHELTERS MADE FROM ROCKWOOL

54 shelters constructed from ROCKWOOL stone wool will break the pattern of igloo tents during this year’s Roskilde Festival. These shelters will protect guests from the vagary of the weather and can create better housing conditions for the world’s poorest people in the long term.


Cold, heat, water and noise will not be an issue for the guests that have rented a ROCKWOOL Shelter at this year’s Roskilde Festival. These shelters provide shelter for the vagary of the weather so that neither rain, nor noisy festival participants or the heat from the morning sun will ruin a good night’s sleep. Last year, three demo shelters were tested at the festival, but this year, there has been room for 54 upgraded shelters, which will soon be ready to accept the partying festival goers.

“We see the shelters as an exciting development in temporary housing. The unique aspect of these shelters is that you do not wake up in a baking hot tent – or freezing cold – if that is what the weather presents. At the same time, the shelters are partially soundproof, which might also be quite welcomed after a long day of noise and music,” says Christina Bilde, spokeswoman for the Roskilde Festival.

Long-term perspective

At the Roskilde Festival, the fireproof shelters offer happy festival participants safe and excellent accommodation while the music plays. But there is also a higher purpose for these stone wool insulated shelters. Outside the setting of the festival, they can play a part in improving the standard of living and create better housing conditions in the refugee camps of the world.

“The Roskilde Festival allows us to test and develop new products that take advantage of the many favourable properties of stone wool. We hope that in the long term these shelters can be used as a durable shelter solution in refugee camps where the climate and fire risk can be a challenge,” says Steen Lindby, vice president of ROCKWOOL International A/S.

Festival tests sustainable initiatives

The Roskilde Festival is a unique opportunity for companies like the ROCKWOOL Group to test new and innovative products. As such, the festival has established cooperation with the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) and Copenhagen Business School (CBS) to allow the festival to be used as a living laboratory for sustainability. When thousands of people flock to the festival every year and transform the field normally used for animal shows in Roskilde into a densely populated town, it calls for alternative solutions.

“We are a festival with strong positions and would like to operate in the most sustainable manner possible. The ROCKWOOL shelters is a unique example of this cooperation. We get to test new types of housing that can prove sustainable for us as a festival, but in the long term it is also about social responsibility,” Christina Bilde explains.

For at least three years, the shelters will find their way to Roskilde Festival. Roskilde Festival is the largest North European culture and music festival and has existed since 1971. Here, they will function as temporary homes for festival participants, and at the same time, the guests’ experiences are included in the continued development of the shelters.

“After these three years, we will once again assess how to offer alternative accommodation in the future. We would like for this to be with the next generation of ROCKWOOL Shelters when we have gained experience from these first 54 first units,” says Christina Bilde.

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