People need sound
A lack of it is the
for people who
work in open office
At university, students can work in their own rooms,
libraries, classrooms, and cafes. Offices need to
accommodate the same by offering spaces for and
allowing movement between.
Quiet places where people can work alone.
Open areas such as event spaces / innovation hubs /
labs, cafeterias etc. where people can work with others.
Similar to a quiet car on a train, businesses can use an
empty office or unused conference room and
turn it into a “quiet room” that employees can go to
when trying to focus on an important task or project.
4 ways to reduce the sound level / absorb sound:
1. Use soft materials such as carpets.
2. Use soundproofing materials on walls.
3. Use acoustical ceiling titles.
4. Lower ceilings.
A room divider is a possibility to create private space.
Examples of room dividers:
A freestanding wall.
A freestanding bookshelf.
A coat hanger.
Another way to create private space is to create
a signal that let others know you’re
concentrating and don’t want to be disturbed.
A signal can be something as simple as wearing a set of
When creating quiet spaces such as quiet rooms,
phone booths etc. in an open office environment,
make sure that it is fast and easy for people to use
In other words, quiet spaces need to be close
to where people are.
A view of nature makes workers less frustrated, more
patient, more productive, and physically healthier.