The role of acoustics in coworking spaces is key to achieving the perfect blend of concentration and collaboration. Coworking spaces are, by definition, workplaces designed for professionals, startups, freelancers and small businesses to develop their business independently and, at the same time, to promote and develop joint projects. From the point of view of interior design and acoustic design, they are a challenge.
Coworking requires open, spacious workspaces that facilitate interaction among users. These large spaces have been shown to encourage innovation and promote unity and participation, creation and knowledge. However, from the point of view of the comprehensive acoustics of a room these spaces are prone to reverberation.
Reverberation is when a sound stays around longer than normal, making it difficult to hear and properly understand messages. Explained in a more technical manner, “reverberation time” is the time it takes for the sound to decay by 60 dB as received stood the sound emission source stops.
In practice, reverberation is a nuisance when one is having a conversation, participating in a meeting or talking on the phone. In addition, it makes people involuntarily and unconsciously raise their voice, which in turn increases sound levels and noise pollution in the space.
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