Meeting-Room with TeamConnet Ceiling 2
Understood. How did Sennheiser come into play in this project with its TeamConnect Ceiling 2 ceiling microphone?
In this case, we worked with the multimedia partner Supravision
. They recommended Sennheiser as an acoustic solution. Personally, I had not installed any Sennheiser products before. After an evaluation by Supravision, however, this solution proved to be of great quality. It meets the requirements we had for the rooms.
Can you tell us a few secret architects tips for good acoustics in meeting rooms? What should you look for when exchanging furniture in meeting rooms, for example?
First of all, really think about how you would like to use the space. We follow the motto “form follows function.” Think about what the meeting room needs to do for you. On this basis, a concept can be developed.
If new furniture is to be purchased, I recommend paying particular attention to its quality. "Healthy furniture", as we call it, absorbs sound, is well processed and, above all, does not emit any toxic vapours.
Additionally, at least half of the floor plan area should be covered with acoustic elements. Curtains, acoustic ceilings and wall elements are also helpful. Even very modern rooms, such as those made of glass only, can use these tricks to create good acoustics.
And what mistakes should be avoided when designing meeting rooms? Are there even typical mistakes that you encounter again and again?
Yes, unfortunately, there are. I believe that a meeting room without good acoustics and adequate lighting cannot serve its purpose. Of course, in a 1:1 meeting on Skype, acoustics and light play a minor role. But for multi-participant conferences the acoustics must be very good, otherwise the meeting room simply cannot be used.
Many companies save on acoustics. If budget is tight, I would rather equip one less meeting room or avoid hanging a large screen in every room. But what is being done should be done well.
I'm not a fan of additional frills. It's all about simplicity and creating a space that works. Technology solutions that “can do everything” are therefore not all that great sometimes. I would rather work with solutions that do their job well and integrate with other technologies.
It is very interesting to focus on light and acoustics and perhaps to equip a room less for it. Do you often have to convince your customers, or are most of them aware of the importance of acoustics and light?
Of course, we often have to provide a bit of education around this topic. Ultimately, we make recommendations and our clients make the final decision. In the Coworking Lounge Tessinerplatz project, we had a large scope for decision making and were able to ensure that really good rooms were created, in which acoustics, light, and technology were just right.
Finally, we are eager to know which other projects you are currently working on. Are there any plans for similar coworking spaces in Germany?
We are working on really exciting projects. We might build coworking spaces according to a similar model in southern Germany. In addition, we are currently working on the conversion of an office community into a coworking space, which goes hand in hand with the expansion of many common areas. Furthermore, one of our projects revolves around a landmark building. And we are working on other combination buildings, such as a production facility for vegetarian “chicken” with an attached coworking lounge.