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Echo Problem - Emlyn Hughes House


Emlyn Hughes House was designed to provide drama both from the exterior and interior.  The Gateway Project was intended to represent the history of the town by resembling a submarine, construction of which is the towns primary industry. 

Bowker Sadler Partnership designed to give the occupants as much natural light as possible by building one face of the building almost entirely from glass.  The buildings floors and ceilings are constructed from poured strengthened concrete slab, so combine this with the glass walls and thin carpet tiles and there will be echo problems.

The main contractor, Leck Construction was looking for a way in which it could not only solve the echo problems, but give the bare concrete ceilings an attractive finish without the need for plaster board, suspended ceilings or numerous different trades, increasing the build time and cost.

Echo Problem

Office Acoustics

The top floor has a grand double height office that rises with a beautiful curved ceiling by two meters with a mezzanine floor at the higher end.  It was essential to the architects that they did not compromise this internal design feature in spite of a potential echo problem.

Oscar Acoustics was employed to apply SonaSpray fc, an acoustic decorative finish in artic white.  This not only solved the echo problem in one application, but prevented the need for further decorating of the concrete slab soffit.  Four large office spaces were transformed in a week.  The results were an attractive decorative acoustic finish, minimum disruption and costs and no more echo problems!

Project: Emlyn Hughes House (Gateway Project)

Architect: Bowker Sadler Partnership

Main Contractor:  Leck Construction

Acoustics: Oscar Acoustic

Sound reverberation in new offices can be avoided by the application of SonaSpray FC decorative acoustic ceiling finish from Oscar Acoustics.

Echo Problem article by D.Mack of Oscar Acoustics.

This Project Uses

SonaSpray fc

SonaSpray fc

An attractive, spray applied, lightly textured and seamless acoustic finish.

Ideal for use in pools, offices, classrooms, halls, boardrooms, restaurants and much more.

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