For Architectural firm GHD, having video conferencing rooms that provided a realistic virtual presence between participants was an important feature in the design of their new Auckland office.
Adopting the traditional approach of large rooms with glass walls, GHD faced the problem of room acoustics and speech intelligibility affecting the clarity of video conferencing and meetings.
The Small Room
Although modern conferencing technologies have various means of controlling what is transmitted and what is electronically filtered out, good acoustics in both the sending and receiving room create a system that is pleasant and satisfying to use.
Approached by GHD to provide an acoustic solution, Autex suggested their recently designed Lattice Suspended Sound Absorbing System. Boasting a Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) of 1.3, Lattice has exceptional sound absorption performance.
For the smaller of the two meeting and conferencing rooms, GHD chose the curved Eclipse Lattice. Suspended from the ceiling by 200mm the Eclipse Lattice greatly improved the acoustics in the meeting room. Using the colour Zenith they were able to create a vibrant artistic feature that complemented the space.
The Large Room
To get a greater spread of acoustic performance in the larger conference room, Autex suggested the two-piece Lattice Torus. The two-piece functionality of Torus creates the same level of NRC as Trapezium and Eclipse Lattice, but enables you to pinpoint key areas across the meeting room. Using three colours – Ironbank, Acros, and Opera – GHD were able to create another stand out feature in their meeting room.
Staff at GHD instantly noticed the difference in the quality of the sound, which made meetings and video conferencing easy and effective. The Lattice also added 'an element of art' to the meeting room, redefining the traditional approach to acoustic design.