Acoustic walls & screens play a primary role in interior design and office fit-outs by helping to manage sound effectively within a space. The information around acoustics is plentiful, with innovation and technology expanding the range of options available today. Taking this into consideration, I will present this article as a four part series, looking in more detail at:
1) acoustic walls, 2)ceiling tiles, 3) furniture and 4) lighting.
Sound and background noise can have detrimental psychological effects on our subconscious, creating different physical reactions from person to person. Thus, with more sound management within an office space, the more beneficial it is to the occupants’ mental well-being. When done well, acoustics in interior design allows for a more homogeneous environment where communications can be carried out without disturbing others. Acoustics will vary between different spaces: where quietness is vital, or there is a need for full privacy or where sound needs to be enhanced. If there is no consideration for acoustic problems, research from the World Green Building Council suggests that background noise can lead to as much as a 66% drop in productivity.
An integral part of office design, is not only for physical privacy, but for the sound barriers created between desks and for meeting rooms. When open plan workplaces became the normal, a common complaint was the amount of noise and distraction that left workers without the ability to concentrate and productivity dropped dramatically. While many offices resolved this problem with more quiet rooms or phone booths, managing privacy in those rooms and at desks remained a priority. Today, it is common to find desk screens, partition screens and acoustic panels in most office spaces to add privacy and allow for improved focus.
Desk screens will allow your employees to take phone calls and participate in video meetings at their workstation without their voices interrupting others. The screens help prevent noise pollution, break up the space and provide privacy.
Hung from the ceiling or movable partitions, these dividers may be a practical and easy solution to transform your office space without building walls. Once again, this solution provides privacy, minimises noise pollution and gives your space flexibility that can adapt to changes in personnel and teams.
Acoustic wall panels:
These panels are attached to walls to absorb sound and the designs are plentiful! Integrating wall panels in the design stages will achieve the best results in managing noise and reverberation levels.