As urban populations continue to grow, one of the greatest challenges facing architectural design is the ability to create quality space in dense cities. Fast, large-scale change is having an impact on the functioning of cities and the quality of life of the inhabitants. As space transforms, it must allow for innovation, culture, and well-being.
A workshop event called “Rethinking your Space” was organised by Tolmao Group and took place in Shanghai on March 20th. It touched on aspects related to office design, in order to provide a clearer view on which factors are crucial for bringing comfort to the office.
The first speaker, Thomas Butler, senior associate at Woods Bagot, discussed the evolution of open-spaces, and all the different experiments that were carried out in order to boost employee productivity throughout the years.
The second speaker, Jean-Philippe Delhom, founder and CEO of Delhom Acoustique, explained how noise pollution can lead to an astounding 18% productivity loss at the office, and how using a Smart Acoustics Approach can increase global comfort, speech intelligibility and privacy in the office. Simultaneously, this approach offers cost effective solutions and can be implemented in the design.
Finally, Olivier Fleitz from Clestra Hauserman, offered insight into various products which they offer for a more productive workforce, such as free-standing rooms placed into open office space to enhance privacy, comfort and productivity without compromising the open space advantages. Once again, noise distraction was a key issue brought up, and acoustics were also used in their office designs.
Delhom Acoustique was happy to have participated in this educational event, and is looking forward to shedding more light on how acoustics can benefit various industries.