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Building for confidentiality

03 May 2018

It's hard to imagine something as intangible as sound waves, yet easy to hear the difference between good and bad sound management. People often assume effective acoustic control is a complicated business, but with the right solution, it's actually a lot simpler than they imagine.

NO, Sundkvartalet, Dyrvik Arkitekter, Office, Meeting room, reception, Rockfon Sonar dB42, A edge, 600x600, white, Chicago Metallic T24 Click 2890

As Skanska work with contracts and other sensitive information, a high degree of confidentiality and privacy was the focus of the interior design plan.

Does your workplace work?

The modern office is a dynamic work space that should both promote collaboration among employees and respect the need for privacy in cases of concentrated work and confidential discussions.

For optimal sound management, it's essential to understand how sound behaves and travels within a certain space. Sound absorption manages the acoustics in the room, where sound insulation is responsible for preventing sound transmission between a room and a neighbouring space. To properly balance the need for collaboration and privacy, you need both high sound absorption and sound insulation.

Sound absorption manages the acoustics in the room, where sound insulation is responsible for preventing sound transmission between a room and a neighbouring space. To properly balance the need for collaboration and privacy, you need both high sound absorption and sound insulation.

Fortifying acoustics

When a sound source room has a ceiling with high sound absorption, it results in a lower sound pressure in the room, which directly impacts on the sound transmitted to the adjoining room, as much of it has been partially absorbed by the ceiling. This is further enhanced when both rooms have high sound absorption.

To learn about the need for high sound absorption and sound insulation we sat down with Øivind Hansen, Facility Manager at Skanska Norway to hear about their new offices in Sundtkvartalet.

The right combination

Sundtkvartalet is a new, 31,000 m², modern office complex that blends seamlessly in with the surrounding buildings of the old Oslo neighbourhood where it is built. The building has a total capacity of 1,500 office workspaces, and Skanska Norway is the largest tenant with 400 employees, using 25% of the total space.

Skanska's needs and demands set the project agenda, where effective, flexible and good work stations were the primary focus. As Skanska works with contracts and other sensitive information, a high degree of confidentiality and privacy was high on the interior design plan. "It is crucial that conversations about such matters cannot be overheard", says Øivind Hansen, Facility Manager at Skanska.

Rockfon® Sonar® dB is installed in most offices in Sundtkvartalet. It provides enhanced room-to-room sound insulation, ensuring that noise does not travel from one office to another, and it delivers a high-level of sound absorption, creating a comfortable acoustic climate. As Øivind says, "In our previous office you were able to hear what was being discussed in the adjoining meeting rooms; this has significantly improved in the new offices".

With the right sound absorption and sound insulating ceiling, one can manage to have the most effective solution to promote collaboration while respecting the need for privacy.

About Rockfon

We provide customers with a complete ceiling system offer, combining stone wool ceiling panels with suspension grids and accessories. Our ceiling systems are a fast and simple way to create beautiful, comfortable spaces. Easy to install and durable, they protect people from noise and the spread of fire while making a constructive contribution toward a sustainable future.

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