It is frustrating for anyone to go into a bar or restaurant with a funky fit out looking great but sounding terrible. Too often architects, interior designers, restaurateurs and developers seem to forget the importance of sound or noise in an environment. Money is spent soothing the eye and the ego and no attention to the acoustic environment.
It is not a solution to simply turn up the background music.
Customers, patrons, guests, covers, bums on seats – whatever you call them – come to a hospitality venue to experience the full environment, the look & feel of a space, the smell, taste and exquisite flavour of the food, the fine quality of service – all those things are vitally important.
A small percentage of people might be eating, drinking, dining alone. However, the great majority of guests are there as a couple or group and communication is vital. The acoustic environment is crucial.
Richard Glover has written a hilarious commentary in The Sydney Morning Herald.
Solving the problem is not too hard – it requires a bit of love, care and attention. In most cases if getting the acoustic solution right is considered it can be accommodated within the project budget.
A fix after the fact can be expensive – demoralising to the designer or developer who might have not considered the acoustics of the environment in the first place. Expensive to all if people just don’t come back.
At Acoustica we are experts in fixing acoustic environments gone wrong – be it a board room or sensitive office where people in the room cannot clearly hear what is being discussed and all the confidential and secretive information can be clearly understood in rooms and corridors outside. We have fixed plenty of restaurants, bars, cafes and hospitality spaces where the acoustic environment does not work, where customers complain or don’t come back – in most cases we can fix that.
Acoustica has developed a broad range of products and systems to make acoustics work in your space. Cheops, Descor, Echosoft, Echosorb, Kliptex, Quietspace and others. However, rather than fixing a problem we much prefer to be involved in the design and commissioning of the space in the first place. To get the solution right, balanced and happy for all. We work across Australia, no job is too small.