The modern office is nigh unrecognisable alongside the drab, beige cubicle maze of the 80’s and 90’s. From standing desks and ergonomic mouse pads to in-house naturopaths and flexible hours, the workplace wellness trend is transforming the way we live, work, and play. However, with the popularity of exposed brick, polished concrete, and floor to ceiling glass in contemporary office design, acoustics are often an afterthought. To help you design better workspaces, we’ve collated seven valuable insights into acoustic wellness.
Where is acoustic treatment needed most?
You don’t need to pack your space with acoustic treatment for it to be effective. The most important areas to treat are open-plan spaces, meeting rooms, breakout spaces, and rooms with lots of reflective surfaces—think glass, marble, and polished concrete. Applying acoustic treatment in these spaces will control echo and reverberation, lowering the overall noise levels.