Pleasant (work) Places:
With the trend to make workplaces more tactile taking inspiration from ‘home’ environments we noticed that one major element of the modern office had not evolved – the internal walls (that create the offices/meeting rooms) being the internal architecture that defines THE space. This had been on our product designers radar for some time pinned to the ideas wall but with little or no radical traction, you hear people recount their eureka moment, this was ours.
The evolution of 50+ years of designing aluminium demountable glazed partitioning systems had seen us recently launch ‘DAFNE’ our solid wood demountable glazed partitioning system. Our eureka moment was to combine the beautiful natural look of wood with the acoustic performance of aluminium framed glazed partitioning – so there it was staring us right in the face “why not combine the two systems” and you get ‘WOODS’ our new modular glazed wall system.
At its core the horizontal structure uses our proven P660 aluminium partition track profile mated with solid wood vertical elements that can be specified in a plethora of designs/styles/finishes, the best part is they can be at spaced at irregular points off the horizontal axis. This flexibility means that architects & designers can paint their own canvas per se by designing/specifying their preferred vertical infills as well their spacing – in theory no one project should look the same!
Our 1st project was to create x8 bookable meeting rooms in a long corridor-like span within a well known premium hotel brand’s lobby. The architect’s vision was to create a homely yet modern look with a strong presence of real wood throughout the building but had no off the shelf complimentary solution to achieve the required high level of acoustic performance. Our brief was to provide a fully glazed demountable partitioning system (rated at 43dB Rw) that to the front elevation had walls to compliment the Scandinavian ‘wood’ look & feel of the hotel. Our ‘Woods’ partitioning system ticked all of the boxes giving them the natural wood look that they wanted (to the front elevations) in conjunction with traditional double glazed panels to each lateral adjoining wall, the architect even designed a bespoke signature infill panel that’s unique to this hotel !