The occasions of over-crowded, echoing offices are coming to finish as office furniture manufacturers develop innovative acoustic architecture with integrated technology to greatly help create private and social meeting spaces within the open-plan office. Just how is this being achieved?
One of the most practical space defining solutions arriving at the market in 2011 may be the Meeting Pod. Offering unlimited potential uses, Meeting Pods provide a great way to make, use space and improve privacy in an open-plan area, while giving offices the flexibleness to maneuver screens around and section off individual areas. Affordable, in they are mobile and can be set up anywhere within work to produce a quiet area, Meeting Pods can absorb sound to make sure total acoustic privacy and discretion. The expense of a meeting pod is really a once off cost and there is no continuous monthly rent, so renting more space on the floor is a more costly option in the event that you don’t have the budget. Screen pods are modular and can be added to in the event that you ever want to increase its size in the future. Acoustic ceiling baffles
In 1987, the urban sociologist, Ray Oldenburg, stated that, if the initial place was home and the 2nd place was work, then third places are areas that ought to be social and community orientated. It has been this in your mind that the Hive Acoustic Sofa by Roger Webb Associates has been designed. A modular sofa with integrated technology, the Hive Sofa is one of several high-backed sofas arriving at the market that aims to produce a third space within work environment. Those utilizing a highback sofa find themselves in a secluded place, struggling to be heard or seen from the outside. The acoustic qualities of the office sofas work to produce a peaceful oasis for workers and, by pushing two high-backed sofas together, a ‘room-within-a-room’ effect can be achieved.
However the development of acoustic architecture in the current day office doesn’t stop at clever furniture. Today, open-plan offices also can benefit from acoustic wall panels. Designed specifically to reduce echo and reverberation, but additionally used as decorative wall features in boardrooms, receptions, restaurants or homes, acoustic wall panels have now been referred to as 3D wallpaper and can be purchased in a range of colours and designs. Après Furniture has complete some large installations of acoustic panelling for corporate receptions and also supplies a unique sound absorbing decorative screen produced from moulded fibre felt. Now that’s what we call in the 21st century.