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Interview #29. Sla Malenko

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 #.

This week we have been chatting with Sla Malenko, interior architect at A2SM, about the Danske Campus in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Tell us a little bit about the background to the project?
A2SM has had a long standing partnership with Danske Bank and we have been involved in the interior design of all four buildings that form the Danske Ecocampus. The project has taken six years to complete. It’s approximately 60,000 sqms and is now home to 5000 employees .

How did you go about designing the interior space?
We thought about every aspect of interaction and the experience of working alone or as part of a team. The open spaces are multifunctional and can be adapted by each worker or team to meet the needs of the team. In this way a team can grow within the space. Each meeting room offers a different experience. People can book the meeting rooms based on the number of workers and their task. We’ve also considered the recreational aspect of work and the experience of interacting with colleagues.

Were the acoustics an important consideration in creating the right environment?
Absolutely yes. We have used many different acoustic solutions in the building in order to reduce sound reflections and noise. In an open space like this, it’s important to think about the sound reflections and to create quiet spaces for work and reflection.

How have BAUX wood wool tiles helped to create the right interior environment at DC Meadow?
We like BAUX products because they have two functions – aesthetics and acoustics. The variety of colours and shapes is perfect for creating a different feeling in each space. Acoustically the BAUX designs make a room feel more intimate. We love materials that are multifunctional!

What’s the feedback been from people working at the building?
The first thing people do when they enter the meeting rooms is touch the BAUX designs. It seems like the texture of the wood wool tiles attracts people and they want to interact with the material. It’s a real talking point. Another great advantage of BAUX products is that they are durable and easy to replace if a tile gets broken.

You’ve used a lot of colours in the BAUX designs, how has that influenced the space?
Colour is a really important quality in each of the meeting rooms. The colour variation of BAUX tiles allowed us to create different colour schemes for different functions and floors in the building. This was a really useful attribute in the design process.

What would you dream BAUX project be?
It would be really cool to use BAUX in homes. BAUX materials have excellent thermal properties and the colour and pattern variations make it adaptable to many different kinds of space.

Visit the case DC Meadow to learn more about the project created by Sla at A2SM. Or visit the inspiration page for other BAUX acoustic interior design projects.