Rest areas

food, rest areas,

  • Good acoustics are important in every good restaurant
  • Supports restful communication during lunch breaks
Rest can be defined as “Cessation of work, exertion, or activity and relief or freedom from disquiet or disturbance”. To be functional a rest area needs to provide this for the Eye, the Ear and the Mind.
It should also be noted that rest areas in working environments become increasingly valuable as areas for sharing informal information, thus greasing the corporate machine.
In rest areas with inferior acoustics the noise generated by speech has a tendency to increase since people raise their voices to be heard. The effect is known as the Lombard effect or, in popular terms, cocktail effect. By introducing free-hanging units above gathering areas like tables and coffee machines the noise levels in the vicinity will be reduced and the need of speaking louder diminishes. Sharp sound from dinner sets and other utensils will be softer and less trying. Free-hanging units will increase speech intelligibility, making it easier to keep a conversation at the table.

Free-hanging units references

© Michael Perlmutter

Here we present a couple of references for free-hanging units

A new free-hanging unit has seen the light

© Michael Perlmutter

Ecophon Master Solo S is a horizontal element with painted edges and no profiles witch gives it a very clean and minimalistic appearance.

Acoustical islands

The use of free-hanging units provides flexibility and a multitude of acoustical solutions to problems related to acoustical design.