Bar & Restaurant
Restaurants and bars are everywhere and normally have a hustle and bustle of activity. Most of today’s trendiest restaurants and hot spots are adorned with some of the most expensive and attractive interior finishes available. Unfortunately, it seems many of these high-end interior finishes are highly reflective and create a “cave-like” acoustical feel in these spaces. Just think about the last few restaurants you have been to. Was it loud, could you hear what the other tables were talking about, were you able to have a conversation at your table and actually hear each other without leaning into each other? These are just a few of the problems with the acoustics in 90% of the restaurants and nightspots we all frequent.
It all starts with reflective surfaces and angles of incidence. You see, sound has energy and it will propagate away from where it’s created. High frequency,(the stuff that really bothers humans), is very directional and doesn’t lose a whole lot of intensity when it comes into contact with smooth, hard surfaced materials that the sound see’s as a mirror. And once it strikes this mirror point, it reflects like a ray of light off this surface until it reaches another. Sound will continue to do this until it decays enough energy to become inaudible. The proper acoustical design at the conceptual stage of a restaurant or bar can dramatically enhance the overall experience at what typically would be unappealing place to spend a reasonable amount of time over dinner or drinks.
Acoustiblok has innovative products to help you design the right type of acoustical feel for these spaces. If intelligibility within a room is what you’re looking for, then Quiet Fiber is the solution. Quiet Fiber (QF-2) is a raw absorption material that can be integrated into the esthetic of any restaurant quite easily; wall panels can be custom made with it and ceiling tiles can be replaced with it. And by implementing QF-2 you can absorb those reflection build-ups that plague so many restaurants and bars. When the reflections are absorbed in a space, the direct sound (voices) becomes more intelligible and the entire space becomes less fatiguing. QF-2 is available is a variety of sizes, shapes, and densities to help fix what ever acoustical challenges you’re up against.
When wall space is at a premium and you need a lot of absorption for your room, Acoustiblok Baffle Systems (ABS) give you the highest amount of area per panel. These baffle panels feature six sides of absorption, custom sizing, and can help you add to not only the function of the ceiling (acoustical quality), but give you the ability to inject an architectural element that is normally ignored. ABS’s can be arranged in a myriad of configurations to add to the style of your restaurant or bar. All ABS’s have a NRC of 1.0 or higher, available in dozens of color combinations, and are built to order.
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