From noisy classroom to learning hubs
Educational facilitates are known to be noisy, but with small acoustic improvements it can be turned into learning hubs where teachers can teach and the students can hear, learn and think to make a better academic performance.
The school environment is constantly changing, and the acoustics can make a difference to focus and wellbeing. It’s important to remember that designing an educational facility is building the future of tomorrow as the surrounding environment supports, facilitates and encourages students to learn.
Our broad range of acoustic solutions give you the freedom to design - whether you are looking to regulate noise in the classroom or need impact-resistant acoustic solutions in gymnasiums - we’ve got you covered for all the different spaces.
Get the right acoustic solutions for the multifunctional spaces
How to design communal and breakout areas?
The bell rings and the doors open with students passing and finding their way to the school yard or another room for their next class. The hallways are multi-functional spaces that welcomes and guides students, teachers and visitors through the school, as well as being a hangout space for students taking a break before next class.
Unfortunately, this chatter and heavy foot traffic can often lead to high levels of sound reverberation whch can be alleviated by small acoustic adjustments.
To hit the acoustic sweet spot in these areas, acoustic ceilings and durable wall solutions are needed to ensure that noise is effectively controlled
- Access to natural light will give brighter spaces where students are encouraged and stimulated to concentrate
- Use high-quality sound-absorbing materials on the ceilings and walls to reduce the noise and prevent it from reverberating.
- Use thicker and more sound-absorbing materials around the perimeter of the room to further optimise the sound absorption in the lower frequencies
- Don't forget the walls, add acoustic materials to the walls and modulate noise and prevent it from spreading
Creating spaces that function for multiple purposes means that the design needs to appeal to a variety of users. We recommend using our product such as Rockfon Blanka®. It’s our whitest ceiling solution offering best in class acoustics combined with a super white surface obtaining and reflecting daylight amazingly. Or our Rockfon® ScholarTM that gives your Class A sound absorption and durable edges in high-impact areas.
A ceiling that support the important work tasks
The right office and administration solutions for privacy
Teachers’ wellbeing matters and the indoor climate should also concern their preparation time. The office and administration areas of schools are for teachers to go and prepare for their lessons, chat with colleagues and socialise. The design set the educational and professional tone of the school and privacy is an essential factor. Teachers need to feel safe and know that what is discussed doesn’t leave the room.
Sadly, these areas can easily be forgotten as the focus are on the learning areas but it’s important to have energising and comfortable spaces for teachers and administrators too.
Acoustic design tips:
Use high-quality sound-absorbing materials to reduce the noise and create a relaxing atmosphere
Focus on sound-insulating materials to keep conversation private and stop the sound from spreading
Create a comfortable environment with outstanding acoustics to support their preparation. We recommend our Rockfon dB solutions as it combined the best of two worlds. The high-performance membrane on the back provides sound insulation and helps reduce the transmission of noise from room-to-room. This is an ideal combination when you want a restful space for private conversations. Or our all-round Rockfon® Tropic™ tile that has Class A sound absorption, and it’s available in a selection of edges and dimensions making it a popular choice.
A learning space for everyone
Classroom design solutions to stimulate learning
The classroom is one of the most important rooms in a school. It’s here the dreams, hopes and knowledge form and grow. It's where students come together to collaborate, think and learn. And nowadays, learning happens in multiple ways that requires careful considerations on acoustics.
The traditional way of teaching needs to consider the speech intelligibility of the teacher so that the students in the back of the room can properly hear what is communicated. Group work requires controlling the sound level in the room to avoid distractions and excessive noise. All speech frequencies need to be considered, low frequencies.
Acoustic design tips:
- Use high-quality sound-absorbing materials within all speech frequencies, especially the low ones.
- A 40mm tile at the perimeters of the room can help increase speech clarity.
- Use the walls for further acoustic mitigation, to minimise echoes and to meet acoustic building requirements
Make yourself heard
Rockfon Blanka Activity is designed for classrooms and have focus on speech intelligibility and reducing high noise levels. It’s ideal for controlling the sound, and its durable surface makes it resistant to dirt making it look as bright as when installed. Rockfon Tropic has a smooth white surface offering Class A sound absorption and Rockfon VertiQ wall panel are durable wall panels highly sound absorbent and impact resistant.
The influence of colour
The right visual design, colours, atmosphere are decisive elements that can either enhance or inhibit the learning experience. Colour influences our emotions and affects our attention and willingness to work. Bringing in colours to a classroom is a great way to communicate the intended purpose of the space. Matt, soft and warm colours have been known to help concentration levels. Why not combine this with acoustics and choose a coloured ceiling?
Our Rockfon Color-all range comes in 34 inspiring and exclusive colours to enhance your interior design scheme and give a facelift to the typical white colour.