Sunday, 01 October 2017 00:00

A focal point that will be remembered long after the noise has gone

    Noise significantly impacts our experiences in any indoor environment such as hotels, restaurants, workplaces, recording studios, and, of course, our very own private sanctuaries; our homes. To control noise and give ourselves the pleasure of no echo, no reflection sound that muddles amplified speech and music, the use of acoustic sound absorbing panels is indeed a life-saving option.

    Soundtect has just launched a new ceiling product which will be presented at the Surface Design Show in Islington from February 7 to 9th to create a stunning design feature whilst addressing the noise experienced in rooms as the result of sound bouncing off ceilings, floors and other hard surfaces.

    Soundtect offers a solution but offering a highly attractive and efficient range of design-led acoustic panels which sit perfectly in any environment.

    Designers and architects alike take great care to provide their clients with a visually appealing space made of glass, marble, brick, wood, metal, granite and other hard surfaces but overlook the impact the selected materials will have on a rooms noise levels.

    For restaurant projects, besides inventive dishes and an awe-inspiring decor, sound ambience is often the most direct factor impacting a customer’s experience while out for a meal. As guests assemble in a restaurant with no sound-proof design, their voices will begin to carry. Given that only a mere 5% of the echoes produced in the room can be absorbed by hard, reflective surfaces, the remaining 95% will continue to carry through the space, creating an unpleasant background noise that pushes conversations to raise up and causes feelings of discomfort and strain to guests.

    This problem can be solved through adding sound absorption, and by installing acoustic panels the design doesn’t need to be compromised.

    Of course, the layout of a room may not cater for the addition of acoustic panels, especially if there is a lack of wall space. Open-plan areas and glass partitioned rooms create a hive of reverberation and lack of privacy, but this doesn’t mean they can’t be treated.

    In fact, the ceiling being the largest expanse of flat reflective area, is the prime location for the addition of acoustic panels and in many cases the only available space to do so.

    The beauty of the acoustic solutions Soundtect offers is that they allow the reverberation treatment to be very much a part of the design and in many cases the feature in an otherwise understated concept.

    It is really easy to create a mix of minimal calm with a sound absorbing focal point that will be remembered long after the noise has gone.

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