For the MC fit-out, biophilic design was part of the WELL solution, where nature is brought inside—literally in a living terrarium, which features 1,600 plants across a variety of species – and also in gesture through colour and pattern. Cube™ acoustic panels in the colour Gherkin feature in the ceiling design of the terrarium and are applied to the walls behind the feature timber battens to reflect the colour and feeling of the native bush. The sensory experience is also enhanced by a higher ratio of oxygen in the air, the air is cooler, the lighting is subdued, and sounds of the forest are played to provide a replication of the natural world.
For the meeting rooms, prints by New Zealand textile designer Emma Hayes have been printed onto the Cube wall panel to ‘bring colour and movement into those spaces,’ explains Anna. With local production flexibility, designers can have artful surfaces and still achieve the acoustic performance required in each space.
MC’s Steve Haszard confirms a successful outcome: ‘During Covid, the courts went online. Yet, to my knowledge, there was not a single issue raised by the judiciary, opposing counsel or anyone else connected to an MC secure meeting room—and Autex Acoustics technology was a major part of our court work being as unaffected as possible during lockdown.’