With the move towards open-plan offices, acoustics play an important role in creating an effective, productive working environment. It is important to consider noise levels within your office design. According to Julian Treasure, author of Sound Business and chairman of The Sound Agency: “Sound in a space affects us profoundly. It changes our heart rate, breathing, hormone secretion, brain waves, affects our emotions and our cognition”.
Silence can also be as disruptive to productivity and wellbeing as other people’s conversations; the key to good acoustic design is to have the right level of ambient noise. This can be achieved, for example, by the addition of desk or freestanding screens to reduce noise travel, having dedicated areas for phone calls, meetings, or collaborative work and introducing acoustic panels, acoustic ceiling tiles, or carpeted floors.