Installer: G and S Acoustics Inc.
Categories: Education, Project
Account Manager: Su Sazama
Photographer: Tamara Heimlich
Effective schools and educational spaces create an environment where students and teachers can effectively learn. With large numbers of people working together, sharing information and practicing new skills, acoustics play a crucial role in comfort and comprehension. On top of this, education spaces need to foster creativity within their pupils. This is often achieved through the use of color, shapes, and textures.
These concerns played a factor in the renovation work completed by ODAA architecture & interiors at the Milken School in Los Angeles, California. With the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic meaning that staff and students were unable to use the campus. In anticipation of the return to this space being used, the school wanted to achieve two things.
To make this possible, there would need to be a range of elements designed to work cohesively together. This is often easier said than done, and requires a keen eye for details.
The solution selected for these spaces was Frontier™ Fins in Tundra and Dune profile. The Muralla and Opera colors chosen continue the use of the school’s colors, blue and white, while adding depth into what would normally be an empty space. Ensuring these colors selected matched the spaces in which they were used allowed them to give the rooms a deeper feeling.
Additionally, the Fins styling in Dune and Tundra bring subtle lines to their ceiling. These aren’t too engaging as to distract the inhabitants and help to create an engaging working space for all.
Most importantly, this Frontier installation helps to keep unnecessary noise to a minimum. Designed for open-plan spaces, this acoustic baffle system has been created to target the ever-changing sound that these spaces can encounter.
The final result is a truly functional space designed to promote collaboration across the student and teachers at the Milken School. ”This project exemplifies creating aesthetics with functionality,” Su Sazama, Autex Acoustics representative on the Milken project, said.
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