A4IDeA – Architects for Interior Design & Architecture is able to offer the whole range of services regarding acoustics (planning, designing, realization, supervision etc.) in architectural contexts. Nowadays acoustics and noise management are among the decisive factors when it comes to the quality of our surroundings, i. e. the spaces we live, work and relax in. In fact, the concept of comfort does not only represent the basis of modern architecture, but it also plays a crucial role in the context of acoustic design and sound proofing.
The degree of our living comfort is fundamentally determined by the extent to which we perceive our environments as cosy and intimate, a sensation that derives from “feeling at home” without being disturbed by penetrating noise from streets, adjacent buildings etc. Obviously, this implies the certainty of not being overheard by neighbours or – to put it in more explicit terms – a guaranteed privacy in any corner of the apartment. Sound proofing and the insulation also from noise generated by technical machines and equipment, both indoors and outdoors (air conditioners, ventilators, etc.) allow us to create spaces that grant after-work relax and recovery at any time.
The same principles of acoustic comfort apply to spaces dedicated to work and leisure activities, as far as the containment of vibrations and the acoustic and energetic parameters (transmission-index of spoken language, reinforcement, definition, clarity, support, barycentric time etc.) are concerned.
Depending on the spaces of interest, a higher level of sound comfort usually leads to an improved capacity to concentrate, fatigue reduction and, of course, a feeling of well-being and ease on the beneficiary’s part.
In fact, all human activities and their respective environments are explicitly as well as implicitly connected to acoustics, no matter whether we think of offices, open spaces, classrooms, gyms, restaurants, auditoriums, concert halls, churches, hotels, nightclubs, cinemas, outdoor leisure centres, recording studios, spaces dedicated to artisan or industrial production etc.
To achieve a high-quality project, it is necessary to analyse, assess and forecast the acoustic context of the space and its surroundings, which is followed by the selection and optimization of the architectural design, the selection of adequate soundproofing and sound-absorbing materials, their position, installation as well as of the various technical details that will then determine the quality of the final result. For these purposes, we do not only make use of software programs that allow precise simulations of acoustic and environmental architecture, but also benefit from years of experience collected in various kinds of projects.