Lobbies | Open Spaces

Treating Open Spaces

Lobbies come in all forms, from intimate boutique hotels to voluminous multi-story office towers. Acoustical treatments can fit the space and its function.

ACOUSTICAL GOAL

Reduce echoes and reverberation to appropriate levels.

DESIGN OPTIONS

Range from subtle to dramatic with choices of wood, laminate, fabric, and other finishes.

PRODUCT ATTRIBUTES

Sound absorbing wall and ceiling treatments.

Wood Finishes

Absorptive Wood

Make lobbies sound as warm as they look with absorbers from the Acoustical Wood Collection.

Normally reflective, wood surfaces are transformed into aesthetically pleasing acoustical finishes that include a choice of rich wood veneers, hole patterns, matchings, cuts, finishes, and edges.

ALTO

SOUND ABSORBER

Linear-grooved patterns

PICADO

SOUND ABSORBER

Micro-perforated patterns

SERENO

SOUND ABSORBER

Symmetrical hole patterns

TAD REVEALED

SOUND ABSORBER

Acoustically-randomized

How Much Absorption?

Reverberation time (or T60) refers to the amount of time it takes for sound levels to decay 60 decibels. It is calculated using the square footage of the walls, ceilings, and floors and the reflectivity of the surfaces. Glass, wood, and painted finishes produce high reverberation times.

If your environment needs to be whisper-quiet, aim for reverberation times to 0.6 seconds or less. Want an energizing background buzz for reception areas, lobby restaurants, etc? In these cases, target T60 times for around 1.2 to 1.5 seconds.

Wood Finishes

Walls

Converting the right amount of wall surfaces from reflective to absorptive can make a world of difference to noise levels in large open areas.

Create designs that feature a visual effect, or use finishes that blend into the surroundings.

HARDSIDE

SOUND ABSORBER

Cost-effective absorber, efficient in 1" thicknesses for speech frequencies. Flush-mountable on gypsum-board ceilings and walls.

HIGH IMPACT HARDSIDE

SOUND & IMPACT ABSORBER

Resists medium impacts and increases absorption in all frequencies. Often used in classrooms, cafeterias, and hallways.

ACOUSTIGRAPHIX®

SPECIAL FINISH

Your artwork, corporate logo, picture or message on acoustically transparent fabric. Compatible with any of these panels.

Wood Finishes

Ceilings

Ceiling baffles, clouds, and panels can cover large areas attractively and provide effective reverberation control.

Mounting options are many, including vertically or horizontally suspending from the deck, or simply flush-mounting.

WAVE BAFFLES

HORIZONTAL ABSORBER

Attractive and cost effective, hung in a wave-like form in large venues, producing high levels of sound absorption.

VINYL/SAILCLOTH FINISH

HARDSIDE

HORIZONTAL ABSORBER

Effective absorbers for speech frequencies, starting at 1" thick; flush-mounted.

FABRIC FINISH

HARDSIDE CLOUD

HORIZONTAL ABSORBER

Horizontally suspended panels that achieve excellent absorption in a cloud configuration.

FABRIC FINISH

HARDSIDE BAFFLES

VERTICAL ABSORBER

Efficient absorption from the bonding of two HardSide panels into two-sided, vertically hung absorbers.

FABRIC FINISH