A recent article in InfoLink magazine emphasized on the importance of involving acousticians in the early stage of project design to achieve optimal sound performance and avoid costly and unattractive band-aid solutions after project completion. It is not always about reducing noise, but more about achieving the right acoustic outcome to make the space fit for purpose for which it is built.
The article introduced a number of projects as illustrations of how the acoustician when working hand in hand with the architects can achieve a sound acoustic outcome, overcoming many challenges that architects commonly face in the process.
One of the projects mentioned was the Surry Hills Library and Community Centre in Sydney, NSW. Designed by Frances-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT), this facility was intended to meet the various needs of the local community, and includes an integrated local library, community centre and child care centre. Each space within the centre has very different acoustic requirements which was a challenge of the project.
Decor Systems products were specified by FJMT to assist with achieving various acoustic quality for different usage within the centre. The article wrote: “The inherent high-energy and high-noise of both the childcare and community centre zones require acoustic absorption to allow users to engage and interact without excessive noise carrying into the library. To achieve this, the architects used pre-finished, fire-rated, perforated acoustic panels (DecorZen and DecorStyle– by Decor Systems) extensively throughout these spaces, achieving up to 88 per cent of incidental noise absorption.
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