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A lobby is the first physical impression we typically experience when entering a business. The initial feeling a space engenders sets the tone for everything thereafter. How it looks,
We live in an era of modern design; clean lines, abun-
dant natural daylight, glass everywhere, skylights, tall
ceilings, and sleek colorful furniture. As time progresses,
architecture and interiors continue to evolve to even more
fascinating and beautiful levels of design. In Los Angeles,
there are lobbies for many types of offices, ranging from
dark brown, ‘70s-style interiors to hyper-modern, glass
aquarium-esque spaces. Let’s take a look at a few kinds
of lobbies and their acoustical signatures.
This well-known firm took over a street-front space in a
dated building and gave it a complete makeover reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick’s legendary science fiction film,
2001: A Space Odyssey. Leaving the brick and mortar look
in the past, the new lobby is clean, modern, bright, well-lit,
and loud. The entry doors are glass, as is the entire two-story facade at street level, which is nearly a block long.
The walls are all glossy, hard surfaces; the floors feature
elegant, gray-toned tiles; and the ceiling is a reflective
All the furniture matches the building envelope in color
and also in its high acoustical reflectivity. The couches and
chairs in the lobby have beautiful, rectilinear mid-century
lines with modern textiles and 2020 design modalities.
Overall it is a sleek, yet elegant design, merging a futuristic
aesthetic with a mid-century touch in a very large and ➤
interiors | THEORY | By Hanson Hsu
of FOUR LOBBIES
In part seven of Acoustics 101, Hanson Hsu expertly explains the importance of integrating acoustics in the
early stages of interior design, and how dual-purpose materials can help spaces achieve their acoustic goals.