6 inspiring examples of effective and aesthetic acoustic solutions

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6 inspiring examples of effective and aesthetic acoustic solutions

Acoustic comfort is affected by the levels and nature of sound experienced in an indoor space, measured in decibels. Functionality and aesthetics of work and living spaces are usually the primary focus of the designer, however, all too often overlooked, are the factors contributing to employee productivity or resident comfort. Providing a comfortable acoustic environment contributes significantly to the general mood and health of the people who work there.

Kvadrat Acoustics addresses these challenges by collaborating with architects and designers to create aesthetically exceptional spaces with perfect sound control, using the properties inherent in beautiful textiles. Let’s review some of its solutions applied in 5 interior design projects.

Aedas Architects Singapore / Aedas Architects

At the Aedas Architects Headquarters in Singapore, Kvadrat Acoustics Soft Cells panels were installed on the walls and ceilings to improve the acoustic comfort and aesthetic quality of the interior and architectural offices. They support the design concept, which offers a hotel atmosphere that facilitates discreet conversations. Aedas worked closely with Kvadrat Acoustics and Multiline, the lighting supplier, to create custom integrated panels for most ceilings in reception and meeting rooms. The collaboration also focused on ensuring that lights and hanging panels could be precisely adjusted to the final ceiling level with equal spacing between panels.

Aedas Architects Singapore / Aedas Architects.  Image © Raphaël Olivier
Aedas Architects Singapore / Aedas Architects. Image © Raphaël Olivier
Aedas Architects Singapore / Aedas Architects.  Image © Raphaël Olivier
Aedas Architects Singapore / Aedas Architects. Image © Raphaël Olivier
Aedas Architects Singapore / Aedas Architects.  Image © Raphaël Olivier
Aedas Architects Singapore / Aedas Architects. Image © Raphaël Olivier

Under (underwater restaurant) / Snøhetta

The Under ceiling, designed by architects Snøhetta, features acoustic panels from Kvadrat Acoustics in a variety of different geometries. In the underwater dining room, which overlooks marine life, the ceiling unites concave and flat acoustic panels, creating an acoustic environment that becomes increasingly crisp and still, as colors blend from light reds to dark greens and blues. Above and below the ocean in Lindenes, Norway, 137 Soft Cells panels covered with a specially developed textile: the “Under” (named after the restaurant for which it was developed).

Under (underwater restaurant) / Snøhetta.  Image © Ivar Kvaal
Under (Underwater restaurant) / Snøhetta. Image © Ivar Kvaal
Under (underwater restaurant) / Snøhetta.  Image © Ivar Kvaal
Under (Underwater restaurant) / Snøhetta. Image © Ivar Kvaal
Under (underwater restaurant) / Snøhetta.  Image © Ivar Kvaal
Under (underwater restaurant) / Snøhetta. Image © Ivar Kvaal
Under (underwater restaurant) / Snøhetta.  Image © Ivar Kvaal
Under (underwater restaurant) / Snøhetta. Image © Ivar Kvaal

Skin and Laser Center / Reimann Interior & Design

Located near Munich, the 680 m² Skin and Laser Center – which opened in 2016 – is a practice that focuses on classical and aesthetic dermatology. The texture of the skin is at the heart of the design concept of Reimann Interior & Design. For example, the hexagonal shape of the skin cells is found in the design of the wall, as well as in the custom concrete cubes used in different areas. In addition, the color concept is made up of different skin tones.

Skin and Laser Center / Reimann Interior & Design.  Image © Hubert P. Klotzeck
Skin and Laser Center / Reimann Interior & Design. Image © Hubert P. Klotzeck
Skin and Laser Center / Reimann Interior & Design.  Image © Hubert P. Klotzeck
Skin and Laser Center / Reimann Interior & Design. Image © Hubert P. Klotzeck

Novartis / Herzog De Meuron architects

Novartis is a global healthcare company. The organization’s Asklepios 8 office tower was built in collaboration between architects Herzog De Meuron and the Novartis Business Services unit. Located on the Novartis campus, it overlooks the Rhine in Basel, Switzerland. The interior, characterized by lightness and transparency, promotes creative collaboration. Reflecting this, writable walls that invite people to view and share ideas are used throughout, while the acoustic conditions are optimized to facilitate conversations. Color-matched Soft Cells panels are installed on walls and ceilings to optimize the acoustic quality of web conferences and face-to-face meetings. They are located in 100 meeting rooms, on all floors.

Lennart Søgård-Høyer.  ImageNovartis / Herzog De Meuron architects
Lennart Søgård-Høyer. ImageNovartis / Herzog De Meuron architects
Novartis / Herzog De Meuron architects.  Image © Lennart Søgård-Høyer
Novartis / Herzog De Meuron architects. Image © Lennart Søgård-Høyer
Novartis / Herzog De Meuron architects.  Image © Lennart Søgård-Høyer
Novartis / Herzog De Meuron architects. Image © Lennart Søgård-Høyer

Cleveland Clinic – Joint training / Foster + Partners

In Ohio, Foster + Partners specified a Kvadrat Acoustics solution throughout the Samson Pavilion, designed for Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic. A new vision for a health pavilion looks to the future of integrated and interactive health education. Most of the building’s Soft Cells panels are installed in the roof trusses above the spacious Delos M. Cosgrove courtyard. Triangular and padded in Toto, they provide an acoustic environment that facilitates collaboration.

Cleveland Clinic - Joint Learning / Foster + Partners.  Image © Mark Wayner
Cleveland Clinic – Joint Learning / Foster + Partners. Image © Mark Wayner
Cleveland Clinic - Joint Learning / Foster + Partners.  Image © Mark Wayner
Cleveland Clinic – Joint Learning / Foster + Partners. Image © Mark Wayner
Cleveland Clinic - Joint Learning / Foster + Partners.  Image © Mark Wayner
Cleveland Clinic – Joint Learning / Foster + Partners. Image © Mark Wayner

Kvadrat Acoustics Soft Cells panels are designed for optimum durability. Consequently, they meet the criteria of major environmental building certifications – in particular: DGNB, LEED, BREEAM and HQE. In addition, they hold a low emission certificate, Eurofins Indoor Air Comfort, and are EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) certified by a third party.

AC AMOREPACIFIC / David Chipperfield Architects

AMOREPACIFIC is the largest cosmetics company in Korea, responsible for a portfolio of 30 brands. The company’s new headquarters were designed and completed by David Chipperfield Architects in Seoul, South Korea. The 22-story cube-shaped building accommodates more than 3,500 AMOREPACIFIC employees. The site also includes a museum, a library of exhibition catalogs, an auditorium, several gardens and a tea house.

To ensure a perfect match with the building design requirements, Kvadrat Acoustics’ R&D unit has developed special products and installation solutions, and has even set up a Kvadrat Acoustics production unit in Seoul. Various types of custom Kvadrat Acoustics Soft Cells panels were installed on the walls and ceilings throughout the building.

A specially defined panel installation depth of 50mm has been developed for the seat (typically Soft Cells panels have an installation depth of 55mm). To achieve this, new modified profiles have been extruded while the installation parts have been redesigned. The L-shaped Soft Cells panels were also designed specifically for the project, meeting architects’ need for panels that fit into corners.

AMOREPACIFIQUE HQ / David Chipperfield Architects.  Image © Raphaël Olivier
AMOREPACIFIQUE HQ / David Chipperfield Architects. Image © Raphaël Olivier
AMOREPACIFIQUE HQ / David Chipperfield Architects.  Image © Raphaël Olivier
AMOREPACIFIQUE HQ / David Chipperfield Architects. Image © Raphaël Olivier
AMOREPACIFIQUE HQ / David Chipperfield Architects.  Image © Raphaël Olivier
AMOREPACIFIQUE HQ / David Chipperfield Architects. Image © Raphaël Olivier

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