The Importance of Acoustical Design Elements in the Office
Open-plan offices are one of the most common modern work settings, providing a more communal, integrated atmosphere to suit the way we now work. Although phone conversations, co-workers collaborating, even the sound of typing keyboards can become a distraction, there are innovative acoustic design solutions that supports today's workplace environment, embracing the link between furnishings, architecture and importantly, the people.What exactly is architectural acoustics? Architectural acoustics is the science and engineering of achieving a good sound within a building. Not only is proper acoustical design vital in the importance of the functionality of a space, but it can directly affect tasks that take place in those spaces. There are two ways to solve an acoustic problem in a space; sound masking and sound absorption.
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Sound masking systems use a soft unnoticeable background sound through a speaker and the user can control this sound masking setting in real-time.
Sound absorption refers to wave lengths being soaked up by soft surfaces. Sound absorption absorbs unwanted noise within a room. There are many different sound absorption products including acoustic panels, tiles, clouds and ceiling baffles. Sound absorption refers to wave lengths being soaked up by soft surfaces.
Choosing the right sound solution for your work environment will depend on whether you are looking to mask or absorb sound. You will find that most modern offices, like ours, use a combination of these solutions to reach an acoustically pleasing office setting. If you are interested in hearing more about our sound solutions, contact Interscape to let us help with your work space.; 860-882-5903.