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ABSORBING TRANSPARENCY – A WINNING THEME

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Four architecture students from KTH in Stockholm received the first price at the the Future Workplace contest. Their proposal called “Absorbing Transparency” convinced the jury.

High demands on acoustics
They choose to create a room structure with high acoustic features to secure that transparency does not lead to an increase of soundlevels. The focus is on creating a mentally relaxing environment, both visually as well as acoustically. The design should provide the activities that are sensitive to or generate noise to be limited by the room interior.

They created a a system for room layout within an office landscape. A wall system, that resembles the whalebones in the story of Pinocchio, could constitute for example a conference room, a small meeting room or a lunch room in one structure. The ambition of the project was to combine the positive aspects that come with an open plan solution with the qualities of an intimate and more divided room structure.
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