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

Restaurants and cafés, for patients and visitors, as well as for staff, should provide a relaxing atmosphere. These rooms should provide the conditions to reload the battery and to support informal discussions. When the number of visitors is high, the noise level generally also increases.

  • Smalltalk at the table requires good room acoustics in order not to be discriminating towards guests with hearing impairments.
  • A high noise-level due to scraping from shoes and chairs on the floor or loud conversations can cause acoustic problems.
  • Noise from kitchen activities shouldn’t prevent the guests from enjoying their meals.
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).


    • All surfaces should be chosen to allow good levels of hygiene. Ceilings should have a surface that is dirt repellent and cleanable using wet or dry methods.
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    • Ecophon Focus offers high acoustic performance in combination with multiple design options. Different edge details along with the option of free-hanging ceilings 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.