Text: Matt Carey
Photo: Wilhelmina Kangas, Akustiikkapalvelut
All around the world, architects and designers are using BAUX Acoustic Tiles and Panels in exciting projects for great brands. In a series of newsletters, we aim to introduce you to a selection of projects and the mind masters behind the designs of these acoustic artworks. We simply will call these newsletters Interviews #.
This week we’ve been chatting with Salla Kantokorpi about Wonderland in Leppävaara.
Where did you first hear about BAUX?
It was back in 2017 at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. I remember thinking there were so many colours and so much of potential to work graphically with the material.
Why did you use BAUX materials at Wonderland?
Wonderland is very bohemian: it’s designed to make creative things happen. BAUX is a really inspiring material so graphically it felt perfect for the interior space. Then we had some acoustic challenges which made it suitable too.
Why were acoustics a challenge?
The main space is a large atrium, seven stores high. We realised that it was going to be tricky to make it cosy like Wonderland wanted. We started to think about closed spaces within the space and had the idea to create Finnish mökki huts. Then we thought it would be really cool to use BAUX as a material for the cladding.
A great idea, we love it! How did the BAUX clad mökki huts contribute to the space?
They helped to make the space softer and more cosy. You can take meetings in the huts and the space between them is designed to be functional as well, with a small auditorium. Wonderland is a creative workspace and BAUX materials, the colours and patterns, they are so playful!’
And did the mökki huts help with the acoustics?
Yes they did. The canopy shapes of the mökki huts really helped to break up the space and the BAUX cladding helped improve the acoustics.
What feedback have you had about the project?
People love the mökki huts. The look really cool when you look down on the yard from the floors above. The yard is the place where people want to hang out. The BAUX cladding is something people really seem to notice. It catches your eye and get people talking.
What would your dream BAUX project be?
I would love to work with BAUX Acoustic Pulp. I really like the look and feel of the material. It would be fun to use the material on all the walls and ceiling in a building, to create a crazy patterned feel!