Acoustic Design

with Jonathan Mountfort

Autex

Jonathan Mountfort is the Design Engineer at Autex Industries and has over seven years' experience in acoustic design.

18 July 2017

Synaesthesia: How Different Pitched Sounds Can Affect Taste

Recent studies have shown that what we hear while eating can affect what we taste. Could sound be the next bastion of food presentation?

18 May 2017

Acoustic Utopia

What if our built environment were defined by what we would like to hear? What would it look like and how different would it be from what it is now? One can only imagine, and to each of us the result will differ.

18 April 2017

Incorporating Acoustic Functionality into Design

A building designed with sound in mind is a building for the good of the people. Consideration of the acoustic climate must be in line with the space's intended use.

24 February 2017

Acoustics in the Glass Office

Glass office designs offer a vast spacious appeal, though challenge the design team acoustically. Two approaches are suggested to complement the design aesthetic whilst creating a great sound space.

20 October 2016

A Guide to Designing Quality Learning Spaces

The updated Design Quality Learning Spaces document focuses on acoustic design that can support the flexible styles of teaching and learning now in place in New Zealand schools.

18 August 2016

Acoustics: Adding Positive Sound to the Dining Experience

Because communication is one of the first experiences that take place in a restaurant, acoustics should also be one of the first considerations of function when designing the interior of a hospitality space.

20 July 2016

Acoustic Inspiration from the Arts for Commercial Office Spaces

Buildings such as concert halls demonstrate how by using the shape of a space, you can start to control the acoustics well before the acoustic treatments have been applied.

23 June 2016

The Effects of Positive and Negative Sound

Ensuring effective sound transfer measures are in place is a crucial first step to blocking out external 'noise' that could have damaging consequences.

15 March 2016

Designing Offices for Personal Work

A focus zone requires a quiet, naturally lit, temperate environment that has minimal distraction and is protected from noise generators.

18 February 2016

Designing for Acoustic Control in a Modern Office

The best offices are laid out with people in mind, so it's important to design a space conducive to staff members' various roles and the activities they undertake within different zones.

27 October 2015

Implementing Acoustics for a Healthy Environment

Applying a small amount of sound absorbing materials can have a positive impact on our health and comfort when living and working in today's 'loud' society.

19 September 2015

Factors to Consider When Testing the Acoustics of a Building

In modern design it’s no secret that buildings with well thought out architectural acoustics will function amazingly for their intended use. 

21 August 2015

Achieving Acoustic Excellence with Suspended Baffles

Schools, restaurants, theatres, offices and other commercial environments all require some type of acoustic treatment to create an environment that is comfortable, inviting and functional.

20 May 2015

The Importance of Acoustics in Hospitality

Interior acoustic quality in environments such as bars, cafés and restaurants can have a significant impact on patrons and staff alike — affecting the business itself.

18 February 2015

Great Acoustics Complement Great Learning Environments

Numerous local and world-wide studies suggest classrooms are greatly affected by acoustic quality. Here, we look at acoustic effects on learning environments and how to absorb unwanted noise.

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