Restaurant/Café

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.

Acoustics
  • 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).

    Cleanability

    • 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.
    Product recommendation
    • 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.
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    Acoustics

    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.