When Masterpiece Living designated Acacia Creek Retirement Community as a “Certified Center for Successful Aging” in 2016, it became one of just 16 communities in the USA to hold this prestigious distinction. This reflects the culture of vitality and engagement that underpins life in every aspect of the Acacia Creek community.
As part of this commitment to a culture of vitality and engagement, living spaces are carefully designed to be purposeful – delivering on the needs of community members in a holistic way. Taking a holistic approach to design begins with asking ‘what is the purpose of the space’? Once this has been answered, the next step is to consider functionality, aesthetics and the acoustic environment.
“This is core business for Acacia Creek”, says Acoufelt Co-Founder and Managing Director, Ben Grace. “We often talk about acoustic solutions to deliver a better working space for a technology company, or a better learning space for a leading educational institution, but the core business of Acacia Creek is the living space.”
Acoufelt is all about Making Quiet™ for working, learning and living spaces. It uses its Acoustic FWC™ philosophy, looking at every surface in a room – floor, walls and ceiling – to deliver a holistic solution. Using its QuietPrint™ capability, Acoufelt can provide high performance acoustic solutions printed to suit the aesthetic demands of the space, without compromising on the acoustic performance of the material.
Set in the beautiful Union City region of California, the designers wanted to bring the beauty of the nearby hills into the restaurant seating area and the bar. An urban hills panoramic photograph was taken in the hills adjacent to Acacia Creek. A landscape image of a nearby mountain was also taken in the hills near Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County – an hour or so north of Union City.
These photographs were printed onto acoustic panels using Acoufelt’s QuietPrint™ capability – the combination of fine fiber material and specialist printing technology that allows for high resolution printing with no reduction in the acoustic performance of the panel material. The custom QuietPrint™ panels were then installed in the bar and restaurant area to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere – design that catered for both for the eyes and the ears.
“I’m really pleased with how this project turned out”, says Ben Grace. “They have given us a perfect case study to illustrate our capability in living environments. It goes to show the importance of inquiring into the purpose of the space and asking the customer what specifically they are trying to achieve. The acoustic and aesthetic atmosphere of Acacia creek has been greatly enhanced; it is relaxed and pleasant. It has been a pleasure Making Quiet”.