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Harmful Effects of Sound in Architecture

Choosing acoustic accommodation is essential to the function of a space whether it be healthcare, hospitality, educational, or corporate environments. Each industry having their own social setting, daily tasks, and reverberated sound issues. Having worked across various industries we have learned that fully customizable acoustic solutions are required to allow a space its full potential.

 EDUCATION

Whether in a library, lecture hall, or study area, educational spaces are amongst the top industries needing acoustical solutions. Similar to corporate and healthcare, students and staff both need up-lifting and inspiring art with the functionality of acoustical absorption. Acoustical art has a proven to positively impact learning, attention, and reading deficiencies or help those that speak english as a second language to comprehend and learn more. Noise also affects teachers, not only children or students. In fact, 80% of teachers experience vocal fatigue. Teachers are more likely to take sick days off work, as it also raises blood pressure, stress levels and causes headaches. (Sound of Architecture)

For educational environments we recommend the following configurations: Ceiling Suspension Panels, Divider Panels, Wall Mount Panels, Cloud Ceiling Panels

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Acoustic Cloud Panels in library

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Suspended Ceiling Panels in lecture hall

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Wall Mounted Panels in study hallway

HEALTHCARE

Medical clinics, hospitals, and aging homes are of major importance when it comes to patient comfort and staff productivity. A healing environment is often hard to achieve in such a technical setting. Poor acoustical conditions may have a negative impact on a patient’s physiological health and increase their chances of being readmitted to the hospital. Making sure that you have both healing visual aids and high performing acoustics is a relatively easy way to create a soothing environment that uplifts and inspires patients and staff. Proper acoustics facilitate clear communications, supports a more focused work environment to reduce medical error, lessens stress for staff and patients, promotes healing, and enhances patient privacy. Acoustics can also impact perceptions of privacy, comfort, safety, and security for patients and their families. (CISCA)

For healthcare environments we recommend the following configurations: Floating Suspension Panels, Wall Mounted Panels, Divider Panels, and Cloud Ceiling Panels.

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Cloud Ceiling Panel in a medical facility hallway

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Acoustic Wall Mount Panel in palliative care unit

Harmful Effects of Sound in Architecture

Wall Mount Panel in medical facility hallway

HOSPITALITY

Whether a restaurant, hotel, or even airline lounge, the comfort of guests is the utmost important in the hospitality industry. Acoustics are especially important as it thrives on creating a multi-sensory experience for its customers. Currently, the modern design of most cafes, bars, and restaurants does not enable comfortable social interactions. Noise from a flood of conversation, often times closer than preferred, clanging cutlery, and the hustle and bustle of waitresses and bussers bring a level of noise that can easily be absorbed when appropriate acoustic configurations are applied.

For hospitality environments we recommend the following configurations: Ceiling Suspension Panels, Wall Mount Panels, and LED Wall Mount Panels

Harmful Effects of Sound in Architecture

Alternating Vertical Suspended Ceiling Panels in a cafe

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Multi-floating Suspension Panel in lobby area

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LED Acoustic Wall Mount Panel in hotel reception area

CORPORATE

Acoustics in corporate interiors have become increasingly more problematic as offices grow to be more open, with collaborative teams and hard furniture, which create noise reverberations. Roughly 70 percent of all employees in open work areas report that the biggest impact on their productivity is the conversations of their coworkers. There have been tons of studies that argue poor acoustics in a workplace can be detrimental to work ethic and overall productivity. For instance, unwanted chatter, a loud HVAC, and music with a lack of acoustical absorption, can be very damaging to a healthy workplace.

For corporate environments we recommend the following configurations: Divider PanelsCeiling Suspension Panels, Cloud Ceiling Panels, and Wall Mount Panels,

Harmful Effects of Sound in Architecture

Vertical Wall Mount Panels in conference room

Harmful Effects of Sound in Architecture

Divider Panels in open workspace

Harmful Effects of Sound in Architecture

Wall Mount Acoustic Panel in meeting area