Sixt is a leading car rental company based in Germany with offices in more than 100 countries. Since 2011 the brand has expanded into the United States, including a new headquarters on the West Coast, created by California-based agency Citron Design Group. The client brief specified a creative open-office environment, with direct access to outdoor areas and break-out spaces for informal meetings.
Everybody likes the aesthetics of an open office
Project Lead Allard Kuijken explained: “These days everybody likes the aesthetics of an open office environment to enhance collaboration and have flexible workspaces that can easily be reconfigured or expanded to accommodate growth in the future. However, this only works well if the people are not disturbed by too much noise from other people talking and phone conversations nearby. Acoustical materials are a critical component to a well designed space that not only looks good but functions well for all required levels of audibility.”
To achieve success in both acoustic control and aesthetic coherence, Citron turned to BAUX. This followed a period of extensive research by the Sixt global design team, who concluded that BAUX acoustic products had the best acoustic properties and design at the most competitive price point. Additionally, one of the key factors in choosing an acoustic supplier was sustainability, a key commitment in the BAUX production process.
Challenge of an open-plan workspace
In creating an open office environment, Citron sought to ensure that the space maximised creativity and collaboration. The common challenge of an open-plan workspace is that noise travels further and more easily, which negatively affects the ability of employees to stay focused. BAUX Acoustic Panels and 3D Pixels provide not only an acoustic antidote to excessive noise, but also an interesting visual feature that supports the brand identity of the client. Do you have an upcoming project in need of an acoustic solution? Contact us at [email protected] to discuss, or contact your local BAUX representative.
These days everybody likes the aesthetics of an open office environment to enhance collaboration and have flexible workspaces that can easily be reconfigured or expanded to accommodate growth in the future. Acoustical materials are a critical component to a well-designed space that not only looks good but functions well for all required levels of audibility.