Snow – the sound of silence in the classroom…..

Västervångskolan, a school in southern Sweden, modified the acoustics and lighting in four classrooms on a trial basis in 2013. The experiment proved so successful that In 2015 the municipality decided that all schools in Landskrona would undergo similar acoustic and lighting upgrades.

Class A sound absorbing suspended ceilings were installed, along with bass absorbents to muffle low-frequency sound reflections and mimic the acoustic environment outdoors. On the back wall, a wall-mounted Class A sound absorbent was installed at ear height.

“I often used to have headaches, but I don’t anymore,” notes Isa Oriabure Andersson, who teaches Swedish and Spanish.

After the acoustic improvement she said: “It’s like after a snowfall, when there’s a carpet of snow muffling everything and creating a nice, peaceful feeling. It feels like you can whisper and everyone will still hear you. It’s a rather liberating feeling. I imagine myself out in the country, surrounded by birdsong. It’s not really like that in the classroom, of course, but that is how I would describe the feel of it.”

Read the full article  and about the experiences of the headteacher and students here

Read more ECO educational environment articles here

Educational Environments 190

Related Blog Posts