“I needed an acoustic treatment that actually looked good” said Megan Lipsys, designer at Archway Commercial Interiors
Quadra Pacific Management own and manage boutique office leasing buildings in Brisbane and other locations in South East Queensland. The company offers a suite of workplace solutions to meet the unique requirements of their tenants in the Central Business Districts of Brisbane and Toowoomba.
A modern refit of a Quadra Pacific Management office tower by the team at Archway Commercial Interiors presented designer Megan Lipsys with a significant problem. The aesthetic designs desired by tenants included using glass and hard surfaces to create a modern and light-filled atmosphere. The problem here was that these same materials would deliver poor workspace acoustics through surface reverberation. Megan was faced with a trade-off. Should she compromise on her modern aesthetic design to resolve the acoustic design limitations?
“Poor acoustics posed a serious limitation for designing the meeting room”, said Megan Lipsys. “The meeting room was designed as a small space with a hard floor, hard walls and a hard ceiling. This was going to cause a significant resonation problem, making the room unpleasant for clients to use. I wanted to design the meeting roomto demonstrate how I could solve the acoustic problem without losing aesthetic design integrity – and without blowing the project budget”.
Megan Lipsys turned to Acoufelt™.
Acoufelt is all about Making Quiet™. By taking a holistic and integrated approach to solving customer acoustic problems, Acoufelt delivers solutions for real impact. At the heart of this approach is the Acoustic FWC™ philosophy, which looks at every surface of a space – floor, walls and ceiling – as a potential means for absorbing unwanted noise. The meeting room presented a large hard wall that could be used as a surface for sound absorption.
“I needed an acoustic treatment that actually looked good”, said Megan Lipsys. “It needed to be minimalistic but also stylish, in metallic grey tones to match the modern feel of the refit. High on acoustic performance,Acoufelt’s grey Fracture panel with its bevelled chevron pattern fit the brief with a sophisticated feel and appearance.”
The Acoufelt™ Fracture range is driven by market need for a wall product design that is as sophisticated as it is timeless. It represents the break in the traditional paradigm where aesthetic appeal has traditionally been given priority over acoustic performance. The bevelled chevron pattern visually ‘Fractures’ the panel, but the nomenclature was predominantly inspired by the ‘Fracture’ of sound caused by the panel’s superior acoustic properties.
Acoufelt™ Fracture panels achieve an NRC of 0.64 when installed with an airgap in accordance with instructions using the magnetic mounting system. When directly stuck, they achieve a base NRC of 0.45.
With Quadra Pacific Management so focused on delivering workplace solutions to meet tenant requirements, compromise is never an option. Using Acoufelt’s Fracture Acoustic Panels, Archway Commercial Interiors were able to design for both the ears and the eyes.
Featured is the acoustic wall panel Fracture in Grey GR12 https://acoufelt.com/product/fracture-grey-gr12/