Entrance hall

Kauniainen hospital, Finland, Architect: Kaari Arkkitehdit Oy, Mika Heinonen, Photo: Mikko Pekki, Studio Sempre Oy

Way-finding is a concept that incorporates both visual and acoustic aspects of the environment. The first impression of the interior environment in a healthcare building or hospital can create a positive or negative feeling amongst patients and visitors.

  • The stress associated with having to go to hospital as a patient or visitor can be eased by creating an acoustic environment suitable for communication.
  • Large open areas/spaces make sound propagation an issue. The performance of the acoustic ceiling has a big impact on this.
  • Receptions need to be designed with acoustic privacy in mind.
Ecophon's suggestion
  • Reverberation time 0.5 s or less. Highest value 250 - 4000 Hz. 125 Hz: 20% higher value permitted. Corresponds to 90% of floor surface covered with Absorption Class A (according to EN ISO 11654).
Product recommendation
  • Ecophon Focus offers high acoustic performance in combination with multiple design options. Different edge details along with the option of free-hanging ceiling installations make it possible to match virtually any architectural ambition.


A well planned sound environment improves peoples ability to perform. Understanding of acoustics enables you to define the relevant descriptors to get the best end-result.

Indoor climate

The indoor environment has a major impact on people’s health. The building materials, the ventilation, the furnishing, the cleaning routines and the activities are factors that all influence the indoor climate.