between spaces while also serving the architectural and
interior design faithfully.
New acoustical wallpaper helps control moderate to
low volumes of high frequency sound and can be used
as an alternative to paint or other wall coverings. Artwork
screened on acoustically transparent textiles and wrapped
around quantum acoustic devices serve as the highest
degree of sound control and can be arranged in exhibition format, creating a museum feel to a terminal space.
Traditional absorption widely spread across large surface
areas can help take the edge off high frequency reflections.
On challenging topologies such as curves, columns or
structural membranes, CAT System panels can be easily
applied. Designed for this very use, CAT system panels
were designed as easily available, custom-sized panels in
any polygonal shapes or size with the latest in new technology
for traditional absorption.
Acoustical films applied to glass surfaces can both
improve R-Values while simultaneously reducing acoustic
reflections. Highly specific air flow patterns can be cre-
ated by decreasing the temperatures near remaining hard
surfaces, slowing down the speed of sound and thereby
decreasing the volume of sound. Where possible, adding
custom seating with highly absorptive seat and back cush-
ions, which must be both elegant and functional, can help
trap sounds of seating areas when the seats are vacant.
With the right design, durable, washable and acoustically
absorptive seating can have significantly more acoustical
impact than the industrial carpet below it, creating again a
dual-purpose piece of furniture.
Unlike airports, most train stations do not even attempt
to isolate the noise of the trains from the travelers. In fact,
they place them together in different cavernous spaces with
just as many or more hard, reflective surfaces as airports.
The rare exceptions are subways in Singapore or Hong
Kong, where the trains run completely enclosed until they
are fully stopped. Only then do doors in the walls of the
subway station open to allow entry to the subway cars.
As you would expect, these are by far the quietest subway
stations anywhere, by design.
Historically, train stations were massive, hangar-like auditoriums where all the train tracks culminated in one location ➤
The acoustical solution
for noisy train stations
is similar to that of
airports, only with a
more focused eye on
performance and easy
cleaning, as cleanliness
over time with affect