How to customise your ceilings and walls with acoustic panels

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When it comes to acoustic panels for commercial purposes, architects must consider whether they want to achieve a bold statement or err on the side of subtlety with something that seamlessly blends into the space’s existing décor.

The purpose and use of the space will largely dictate this decision but deciding to ‘go big’ with your design will have a significant impact on the overall aesthetic of the environment, and how your brand is portrayed. Going ahead with a ‘decorative approach’ will mean that your acoustic panel (or panels) will become the visual centrepiece of a room. This may be in the form of an accent wall or large-format artwork. With infinite personalisation options, this centrepiece could be steeped in your company’s branding.

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Sound Zero’s Transition Wall Acoustic Panel, developed for Facebook Head Office, London

Whether you’re looking to brighten up your office space or improve the design of your bar or restaurant, Sound Zero’s acoustic panels offers versatility and unmatched quality to create a contemporary, stylish environment-no matter what your requirements are.

Why are designers prioritising acoustics?

In recent years, there’s been a surge in open-plan office environments due to an emphasis on a collaborative work-based approach. In addition, industrial warehouse conversions are an ever-growing trend-as a way for architects to create new elements inside an old structure, keeping alive the history.

Sadie Snelson Architects converts London warehouse into photographer’s home and studio

Visually, these approaches are stunning. To quote Frederick Jung, founder of Jung Architects in Paris,

These types of industrial buildings offer specificities that you can’t find in a regular office building produced by the new construction system.”

However, these large, open plan spaces bring with them a plethora of acoustical challenges that, if left untreated, will cause discomfort for users over time.

In the past, there’s been a reluctance to address acoustical challenges due to the lack of visual appeal that acoustic panels brought with them. Now, however, there are a variety of options that help to complement a building’s already-impressive architecture.

The type of acoustic treatment you’ll need

It’s not uncommon for specifiers to choose an unsuitable acoustical product, resulting in an ineffective solution. For this reason, we recommend the skills of an experienced acoustician-who will not only diagnose the problem-but will offer solutions that’ll work.

With Sound Zero, the consultation process involves an in-depth assessment of the building’s acoustics. Once a solution is put forward, we work with designers and architects to ensure that the aesthetics are matched to your requirements or branding.

In most cases, the issue will require reverberation control or noise transfer reduction. The former will be most used in large, open environments, whilst the latter will be required if an element of privacy is required.

Foam acoustic products

The most common form of acoustic treatment involves the use of acoustic foam. Sometimes referred to as ‘soundproof foam’, it helps to reduce reverberation, flutter echoes and reflections. The material has the ability to absorb energy contained in a variety of sound waves, preventing them from bouncing around rooms.

Due to the versatility of the material, Sound Zero has created a range of foam acoustic panels that are both unique and visually attractive.

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With a range of RAL options, Sound Zero’s foam acoustic panels can be easily customised

Recycled Cork Cladding

These acoustic panels, made from environmentally friendly recycled cork, combine unique design and care for the environment.

Inspired by nature, uniqueness and durability, the 3D acoustic panel completes any interior, either as a stand-alone panel-piece or a feature wall.

These acoustic panels, made from environmentally friendly recycled cork, combine unique design and care for the environment.
Sound Zero’s Cork Walls act as a sound absorber whilst creating an impressive feature wall

Moss wall

Biophilic architectural design is an ever-growing trend as a way of ‘bringing the outdoors in’. The acoustic moss wall panel achieves precisely this. Unlike their counterparts-Living walls-they have surprisingly simple maintenance requirements.

The moss on the panel is treated using a natural mineral process. This means that it doesn’t grow or need watering, making it maintenance-free and ideal for all environments-from commercial to residential. As a specifier, you can be confident that you’ll be providing your clients with a hassle-free and long-lasting solution.

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Bring the outdoors in with Sound Zero’s Acoustic Moss Wall

Wall panel pros

If subtlety is what you’re after, the acoustic Wall Panel Pros can be ‘disguised’ as a piece of artwork, strategically placed to absorb the reflection points on your wall.

This approach offers a great deal of versatility to your restaurant, bar or office space, allowing you to choose your own design to be printed on the panel.

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Choose your own design to be printed on the front of the panel

Ceiling solutions

Due to the large surface areas that ceilings encompass, they can be a breeding ground for bad acoustics. However, if treated effectively, ceiling acoustic panels can produce highly effective results.

To acoustically treat a ceiling, Sound Zero will install acoustic baffles, clouds or suspended panels. The type of treatment applied will vary from project to project.

Conclusion

With Sound Zero, a range of customisable options are available to acoustically treat your wall and ceiling space. To help you with every step of the process-from design to installation-Sound Zero works alongside you to deliver the most effective results.

To talk to one of our experts about your next acoustic treatment project, get in touch today.

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