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Café Federal

Text: Matt Carey – Photo: Héctor Rubio/Grupo Valesco

Federal Café - calm is chic


When Café Federal opened up their latest café in Valencia, they wanted to make the most of a fantastic open interior space. Large street level windows and high ceilings are an obvious plus for any café space, but they also bring challenges. Mindful that noise levels could easily detract from the customer experience, the design team placed BAUX wood wool panels on a wall in the centre of the space to dampen sound reflections and create a unique soundproofed acoustic restaurant.

Café Federal had used acoustic panels before, mainly on the ceilings because they wanted them to disappear. The BAUX design offered something different – a focal point that breaks up sound at speaking height, helping to control volume around the central counter where there’s most movement. The BAUX design also set them apart from everyone else. Natural wood textures, combined in pinks and reds, created a fresh contrast within the space.

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Object:
Café Federal
Area:
Valencia, Spain
Products used:
BAUX Wood Wool Panels
Architect:
Hadit Arquitectos
Designer:
Jorge Gil Martínez

Enhance customer experience
BAUX became a focal point that breaks up sound at speaking height, helping to control volume around the central counter where there’s most movement.

Soundproofed acoustic restaurant
Large street level windows and high ceilings are an obvious plus for any café space, but they also bring acoustic challenges. BAUX dampens sound reflections and reduces noise levels that easily detract from the customer experience.

Things get bumped, scratched and moved in a café all day. Noise levels are high as customers chat and move around. We needed something that was durable, stylish and would help reduce the background hum to enhance the customer experience. The BAUX design ended up being the one element that had the most impact on the space.

Christopher King

Designer & Owner
Federal Café, Spain

A stylish look
The BAUX design ended up being the one element that had the most impact on the space, both practical and visually. Natural wood textures, combined in pinks and reds, created a fresh contrast within the space.


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