6 Inspiring Examples of Effective and Aesthetic Acoustic Solutions

Acoustic comfort can be measured in decibels and measures the level of sound in an interior space. While the design of living and working spaces is often the main focus, it is important to consider the factors that affect the comfort and productivity of residents and employees. A comfortable acoustic environment can make a significant difference in the mood and health of those who use it.

Kvadrat Acoustics is able to meet these challenges by working with architects and designers to create stunning spaces with excellent sound control. This is possible using the inherent qualities of beautiful textiles. Let’s take a look at five interior design projects that Kvadrat Acoustics has helped.

Aedas Architects Singapore / Aedas Architects

Soft Cells panels from Kvadrat Acoustics were installed in the ceilings and walls of Aedas’ Singapore headquarters to improve the acoustic comfort and aesthetic value of the Interior and Architects offices. The panels support the design concept which creates a hotel-like atmosphere that allows for discreet conversations. Aedas collaborated closely with Multiline and Kvadrat Acoustics, the lighting suppliers, to create custom integrated panels that will cover most of the ceilings in reception and meeting rooms. Collaboration also included ensuring that panels and hanging lights could be adjusted precisely to the ceiling height with equal spacing between panels.

Aedas Architects Singapore / Aedas Architects. Image © Raphael Olivier
Aedas Architects Singapore / Aedas Architects. Image © Raphael Olivier
Aedas Architects Singapore / Aedas Architects. Image © Raphael Olivier
Aedas Architects Singapore / Aedas Architects. Image © Raphael Olivier
Aedas Architects Singapore / Aedas Architects. Image © Raphael Olivier
Aedas Architects Singapore / Aedas Architects. Image © Raphael Olivier

Under (Underwater Restaurant) / Snohetta

Snohetta architects designed the ceiling at Under. It features acoustic panels from Kvadrat Acoustics in various geometries. The ceiling creates a sonic environment in the underwater dining area that looks out on marine life. It combines concave and planar panels to create an acoustic environment where colors melt from bright reds to deep greens and blues. There are 137 Soft Cells panels above and below the ocean at Lindenes in Norway. They are upholstered with a special textile called the “Under”, named after the restaurant it was created.

Under (Underwater Restaurant) / Snøhetta. Image © Ivar Kvaal
Under (Underwater Restaurant) / Snøhetta. Image © Ivar Kvaal
Under (Underwater Restaurant) / Snøhetta. Image © Ivar Kvaal
Under (Underwater Restaurant) / Snøhetta. Image © Ivar Kvaal
Under (Underwater Restaurant) / Snøhetta. Image © Ivar Kvaal
Under (Underwater Restaurant) / Snøhetta. Image © Ivar Kvaal
Under (Underwater Restaurant) / Snøhetta. Image © Ivar Kvaal
Under (Underwater Restaurant) / Snøhetta. Image © Ivar Kvaal

Reimann Interior and Design / Skin and Laser Center

The 680 sqm Skin and Laser Center is located close to Munich. It focuses on both classical and aesthetic dermatology. Reimann Interior & Design’s design concept focuses on the texture of the skin. The hexagonal shape of skin cells is evident in both the wall design and in custom-made concrete cubes that are used in different locations. The colour scheme is also composed of different skin tones.

Skin and Laser Center / Reimann Interior & Design. Image © Hubert P. Klotzeck
Skin and Laser Center / Reimann Interior & Design. Image © Hubert P. Klotzeck
Skin and Laser Center / Reimann Interior & Design. Image © Hubert P. Klotzeck
Skin and Laser Center / Reimann Interior & Design. Image © Hubert P. Klotzeck

Novartis / Herzog De Meuron architects

Novartis is a multinational healthcare company. The Asklepios 8 office tower of Novartis was constructed in collaboration with architects Herzog De Meuron, and the Novartis Business Services unit. It is located in the Novartis campus and overlooks the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland. Its interior is light and transparent, encouraging creativity. Writable walls are used throughout the space to encourage people to share their ideas and visualize. Acoustic conditions are also optimized to promote conversation. To optimize the acoustic quality of web conferences and face to face meetings, Soft Cells panels are installed on ceilings and walls in a variety of colors. They can be found in 100 meeting rooms on all floors.

Lennart Søgård-Høyer. ImageNovartis / Herzog De Meuron architects
Lennart Søgård-Høyer. ImageNovartis / Herzog De Meuron architects
Novartis / Herzog De Meuron architects. Image © Lennart Søgård-Høyer
Novartis / Herzog De Meuron architects. Image © Lennart Søgård-Høyer
Novartis / Herzog De Meuron architects. Image © Lennart Søgård-Høyer
Novartis / Herzog De Meuron architects. Image © Lennart Søgård-Høyer

Cleveland Clinic – Foster + Partners – Joined up learning

Foster + Partners in Ohio specified Kvadrat Acoustics for the Samson Pavilion, which was designed for Case Western Reserve University (Case Western Reserve University) and Cleveland Clinic. The future of interactive, integrated health education is the inspiration for a new vision for a pavilion. The roof trusses that overlook the Delos M. Cosgrove-sized courtyard are where most of the Soft Cells panels are located. They are triangular and upholstered with Toto to create an acoustic environment conducive to collaboration.

Cleveland Clinic - Joined-up learning / Foster + Partners. Image © Mark Wayner
Cleveland Clinic – Joined-up learning / Foster + Partners. Image © Mark Wayner
Cleveland Clinic - Joined-up learning / Foster + Partners. Image © Mark Wayner
Cleveland Clinic – Joined-up learning / Foster + Partners. Image © Mark Wayner
Cleveland Clinic - Joined-up learning / Foster + Partners. Image © Mark Wayner
Cleveland Clinic – Joined-up learning / Foster + Partners. Image © Mark Wayner

Kvadrat Acoustics’ Soft Cells panels are engineered for maximum sustainability. They meet all major environmental building certifications, including DGNB, LEED and BREEAM. They also have a Eurofins Indoor Air Comfort low-emission certificate and third-party verified EPDs (Environmental Product Declaration).

AMOREPACIFIC HQ / David Chipperfield Architects

AMOREPACIFIC, Korea’s largest cosmetics company, has a portfolio that includes 30 brands. David Chipperfield architects designed and built the company’s new headquarters. It is located in Seoul, South Korea. This cube-shaped 22-story building can accommodate more than 3,500 AMOREPACIFIC workers. It also includes a museum, a library with exhibition catalogs and an auditorium.

Kvadrat Acoustics R&D unit created special products and installation solutions to match the building’s design requirements. In Seoul, a Kvadrat Acoustics manufacturing facility was also set up. Kvadrat Acoustics installed a variety of Soft Cells panels on the walls and ceilings.

The headquarters was given a 50 mm installation depth. Soft Cells panels usually have a 55 mm depth. New profiles were created and modified parts were designed to achieve this result. The architects requested panels that could fit around corners and were designed with L-shaped Soft Cells panels.

AMOREPACIFIC HQ / David Chipperfield Architects. Image © Raphael Olivier
AMOREPACIFIC HQ / David Chipperfield Architects. Image © Raphael Olivier
AMOREPACIFIC HQ / David Chipperfield Architects. Image © Raphael Olivier
AMOREPACIFIC HQ / David Chipperfield Architects. Image © Raphael Olivier
AMOREPACIFIC HQ / David Chipperfield Architects. Image © Raphael Olivier
AMOREPACIFIC HQ / David Chipperfield Architects. Image © Raphael Olivier