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Video: the making-of an ARTwall for an open-plan kitchen

Having just fitted a new, open-plan kitchen and a new floor, our client noticed a change in the acoustics of the room as well as disturbing reverberation.

Incatro was asked to resolve the problem and to make sure that the new kitchen doesn’t only look good, but also has a pleasant sound.

When does reverberation occur?
Measurements in the room showed a reverberation time of around 1.1 seconds, which meant that the acoustics felt no longer pleasant. Following our calculations, it was necessary to add a minimum of 14.5 square meters of acoustic absorbing material to reduce the reverberation time to a level of 0.7 seconds.
Above 0.8 seconds, we generally experience reverberation, while we feel that the acoustics are pleasant when the level is lower.

Which solutions are there?
Incatro offers acoustic solutions for walls as well as ceilings. Please have a look at our products and ideas!
In this example, we chose an ARTwall that filled the whole wall in the size 430 x 260 cm [12 m2], as well as an ARTpanel sized 240 x 140 cm [4 m2]. By placing a photo print on the ARTwall, the client chose to directly add some color and warmth to the room. The chosen motive is an artwork by Leonid Afremov.
For the acoustic panel, a photo from our image library was used.

A wall which absorbs noise and produces sound?
Our built-in audio-system makes it possible!
Therefore, we suggested to the client to directly integrate the audio-system in to the wall.
Thanks to a small module (57 mm) that fits perfectly into our solution and has a good sound, the systems could be invisibly integrated by using Bluetooth technology.

After the implementation of these measures, the reverberation time was lowered to 0.7 seconds and the room looked stunning.