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The user in focus

30 April 2018

Designing great acoustic environments with the users in mind can be a challenge when combined with the practicalities of an office space. However, including a human-centric approach to a building's design can pay-off in the long run creating acoustic spaces that support the organisations they accommodate. Choosing the right acoustic solution can make the difference between creating a good office or great office environment.

IT, BNL-BNP PARIBAS Roma Tiburtina, Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia (formerly 5+1AA), Office, Open Plan Office, Rockfon Ekla dB 40, D/AEX edge, 1200x600, white

The Rockfon dB solution at BNP-BNL Paribas not only solved the acoustic challenges of a modern and flexible workplace, it also perfectly fit the minimalistic and modern design of the building itself.

A floating sky

BNL-BNP Paribas, an important player in the banking sector, decided to move more than 3,000 of its employees to its new headquarter in Rome. This unique, state-of-the-art office building almost floats in the air, suspended between the sky and the earth. The massive 70,000 m² building stretches over 230 m and is divided into 12 storeys, with 4 underground levels.

Big ambitions outside and in

The architects of the new BNP-BNL Paribas had a grand ambition for both the interior and exterior of the building. Aiming for a LEED Gold certification meant that areas like energy efficiency, lighting and acoustics were high on the agenda. It was important to create a space that supported the people using it and not forcing people to adapt to it. Interior designer, Paolo Mantero from Studio Mantero explains, "Open-spaces in particular present the challenge of acoustic reverberation and this is why we decided to choose a ceiling with high acoustic absorption and improved sound insulation, reducing the overall sound level and creating more comfortable environments in which everyone can easily concentrate".

Including a human-centric approach to a building’s design can pay-off in the long run creating acoustic spaces that support the organisations they accommodate.

Acoustics and design combined

The Rockfon dB solution that was chosen did not only solve the acoustic challenges of a modern and flexible workplace, it also perfectly fit the minimalistic and modern design of the building itself. "The choice of the D / AEX-edge combination has a semi-concealed ceiling aspect on one side and a design line on the other one. We chose extra-long panels to further highlight the longitudinal feature of the spaces", Architect Alfonso Femia from 'Atelier Alfonso Femia' highlights.

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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