The days of over-crowded, echoing offices are coming to end 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. So just how is this being achieved?
One of the very most practical space defining solutions visiting the market in 2011 is the Meeting Pod. Offering unlimited potential uses, Meeting Pods provide a perfect way to create, use space and improve privacy within an open-plan area, while giving offices the flexibleness to move screens around and section off individual areas. Economical, in they are mobile and may be set up anywhere within any office to make a quiet area, Meeting Pods can absorb sound to make sure total acoustic privacy and discretion. The price of a meeting pod is a once off cost and there is no continuous monthly rent, so renting more floor space will be a more costly option in the event that you don’t have the budget. Screen pods are modular and may be put into in the event that you ever want to boost its size in the future. Acoustic wall panels
In 1987, the urban sociologist, Ray Oldenburg, stated that, if the first place was home and the 2nd place was work, then third places are areas which will 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 certainly one of a number of high-backed sofas visiting the market that aims to make a third space within any office environment. Those utilizing a highback sofa end up in a secluded place, unable to be heard or seen from the outside. The acoustic qualities of these office sofas work to make a peaceful oasis for workers and, by pushing two high-backed sofas together, a ‘room-within-a-room’ effect may be achieved.
Nevertheless the development of acoustic architecture in the modern day office doesn’t stop at clever furniture. Today, open-plan offices can also benefit from acoustic wall panels. Designed specifically to reduce echo and reverberation, but also used as decorative wall features in boardrooms, receptions, restaurants or homes, acoustic wall panels have already been referred to as 3D wallpaper and can be found in a range of colours and designs. Après Furniture has complete some large installations of acoustic panelling for corporate receptions and also offers a unique sound absorbing decorative screen created from moulded fibre felt. Now that’s what we call employed in the 21st century.