This week has been super busy, thus my late posting, but Wednesday was probably my favorite day since I've been here! I got to go with one of our designers, Bonnie, to a pediatric dental clinic in Fairhope, AL. Their concern is that the clinic is really loud. Innerspaice did not design the space, but the designer called on us to help reduce the noise in the space. If you're unfamiliar with how noise reverberation works, it can be kind of daunting. Luckily, Bonnie has dealt with this before and had lots of good ideas to help Dr. Trey. The space has pretty much all hard surfaces, so the noise from the kids playing, receptionists talking on the phone, machines being used in the back, and just the general chatter of the parents, is just bounced from surface to surface creating an all-around noisy environment.
Bonnie and I came in to inspect the space and decide which walls we needed to apply wall covering to. Eykon and MDC manufacture acoustical wall covering, similar to that used on movie theater walls. The wall covering traps the sound in the fibers rather than bouncing them back into the air. We chose the walls that were reflecting the most noise especially in the kids' play area (see photos below). The designer of the project made panels out of canvas and egg crate in attempt to fix the problem, so that's what you'll see in the photos below.
We are also going to specify some BuzziSpace products which specialize in noise reduction. BuzziSpace makes acoustical panels for walls that simulate artwork and can come in various patterns and colors. We are ordering some of those to hang on the walls that don't have the acoustical wall covering. They also make furniture that is made of a felt material and foam, which traps sound that comes into contact with it rather than reverberating it back into the space.
These are the photos from the dental clinic! Enjoy!
Isn't it awesome?! A well-designed space is such a beautiful thing.
Haworth love and mine,
Emily the Intern