Virus transmission is increased through voice projection in enclosed spaces and protective barriers will be a feature of shared spaces from now on. This spells an overhaul of the open-plan office. While it will remain important, its role will be to host smaller workstations divided by design elements.
Such dividing features will include partitioning screens, cubicles and modular pods, carving larger spaces up into sections that allow individual and group work. These will be accessible through walkways that are large enough to facilitate social distancing and do not require any surfaces to be touched.
Sound solutions for office design of the future
Offering a calm and acoustically comfortable workspace is more important than ever. It is crucial to choose an acoustic system that allows for office configuration and reconfiguration as requirements shift.
SonaSpray is a recycled, fire-rated architectural acoustic finish applied to the ceiling above. It conforms to any surface shape and the high-performance adhesive bonds to virtually all common construction materials, including plaster, wood, metal and concrete, achieving superb acoustics without design compromise.
SonaSpray allows complete flexibility with Cat A and Cat B fit-out configuration and reconfiguration. Dividing structures can be brought in and out without disrupting the seamless acoustic decorative finish above, enabling architects to create adaptable and calm spaces where employees don’t need to shout to be heard.