All around the world, designers and architects are using the BAUX acoustic tiles and panels in exiting projects for exciting brands. In a series of newsletters, we aim to introduce you to a selection of projects and the mind masters behind designs of these acoustic artworks. We simply will call these newsletters Interviews #.
We recently caught up with Therese Haaland Jonassen and Thomas Mellbye at Zinc Architecture to speak about the OsloMet SG26 case and the implementation of acoustics.
OsloMet has commissioned Zinc to renovate their student workspace, SG26, in central Oslo. Zinc has designed the interior solution – a study space situated on the first floor, featuring modern workspaces for students to study alone or in groups.
Therese Haaland Jonassen
How did you get involved in the project?
We have a longstanding development partnership with Oslo Metropolitan University, and we’ve helped them with a number of projects. This was a smaller renovation, part of a strategic plan to renovate the student campus. For this project the client wanted to create a different kind of study space than say a classroom.
What were you thoughts going into the project?
The psychosocial environment was an important consideration for us. We wanted SG26 to be an inclusive meeting space, designed to make students feel welcome and at ease. We also wanted to create diversity in our design – a space for everyone. We wanted students to feel welcome, secure and to provide for their needs.
How did the BAUX designs improve the space?
We used BAUX designs where we could create the most the most value visually and acoustically. The BAUX designs have had a big impact on the space. It’s easy to sell in BAUX because of the beauty and quality it creates. It’s the complete package: a beautiful material but of course it’s also very functional. In a study space like this, it was important that we create the right acoustics.
What would your dream BAUX project be?
Well BAUX’s strength is in the patterns and textures is creates aesthetically. We’ve used it on walls but it would be really interesting to use BAUX products to create three dimensional structures or perhaps 3D spaces within a space.