Acoustics play an important functional role in a bank as customers and personnel discuss confidential matters which requires privacy and with aim to have no transmission of sound. On top, banks can be quite busy places with lots of traffic such as visiting customers, employees going to and from meetings and phone calls in a busy environment. On top most space plans for banks are open plan solutions to show transparency and to collaboration.
Acoustic in open plan offices
Annoying noise is a challenge in many workplaces and can result in both sick days and reduced productivity. For example, researchers at Danish Technology University have shown that the ability to work due to noise in the office can be reduced by 10-15 percent. And if you have to perform complex tasks such as complicated calculations in noisy environments, the error rate increases by up to 35 percent.
A workplace with an open plan office places huge demands on acoustic products and their installation. The design firm Arkkitehtisuunnittelu Oy was well aware of this and opted to utilise Parafon® Royal Baffles when working on improving the sound in a Finnish bank.
Baffles solve the noise problems
In general, baffles are acoustic tiles suspended from ceilings to reduce the amount of airborne sound. Mikko Kailonen, Country Manager for Parafon explains” Parafon Royal Baffles are vertically suspended acoustic tiles of stone wool where all sides and edges are covered with a colored fleece. Sound absorbing baffles are recommended for spaces where it is not possible to install a standard suspended ceiling due to technical installations or in spaces with lots of space to the ceiling.”
Mikko continues: ”Parafon Royal Baffel was the obvious choice for a bank with an open space office as Parafon Royal Baffel has an exclusive and elegant design and with outstanding acoustic performance.