Acoustic ceilings can help to create an all-embracing silence
Silence. You immediately notice it when you enter the Créagora building in Champion (Namur). A pleasant, all-embracing silence.
And all this while our eardrums have just been plagued by the persistent noise from the nearby motorway. A few seconds in the interior of Créagora will suffice to make you aware of the extremely positive influence of the acoustic ceiling solutions from Rockfon, which have been applied in a well-considered way to promote the comfort of the employees.
"As a client, we were confronted with two major challenges in this project: the sloping terrain and the motorway, the noise of which is amplified when it rains," says Didier Géronnez, project manager and building manager at Christian Mutuality. «The acoustic engineer at AVEA consulting worked out a terrain model by monitoring the sound level for fifteen days with the help of sound meters.
The findings - at certain moments the noise increased to 85 dB! - were transferred to Atelier 4D and Atelier d'Architecture Ad'A architects, who designed the building together. The strict north-south orientation guarantees the unique lines of sight and the continuity of the green environment. This strategic location also offers a solution to the acoustic problem, thanks to the specific geometry of the facades in places where the noise of the motorway clashes with the building.
Sacred silence despite a busy working environment
Inside the building, conversations are by no means experienced as disturbing. In the meeting rooms, you only notice the slight buzz of ventilation. On the other hand, you don’t hear the twenty people who are following training in the adjoining meeting room, while both rooms are merely separated by movable walls. "It is undoubtedly that excellent acoustic performance that ensures that these days we get more and more questions from companies that want to reserve our meeting rooms," said Didier Géronnez.
Thanks to the 3,000 m² Rockfon Krios acoustic ceiling panels that can be found on all floors.
In the two large office spaces reserved for call centres, the acoustic properties are enhanced by sound-absorbing furniture, which has been custom-developed based on the specifications of the acoustic engineer. In the first call centre, CM employees receive calls from elderly people and sometimes have to be able to speak loudly without disturbing their neighbour. On the other hand, the calling seniors must get the impression that they are on the line with a single person and must therefore not perceive disturbing background noise. In the second call centre, the operators receive approximately two thousand calls a day and therefore there is enormous activity. However, there is also a consecrated silence there.
The philosophy translated into "vertical street" to create wow-effect
"The first discussions within the framework of the Créagora project were not about the building, but about the philosophy behind the project," recalls Didier Géronnez.
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