Lightborne Acoustics

Cincinnati, Ohio  -  2008

The acoustical doors are part of an ongoing investigation addressing the acoustical layering of an existing project in Cincinnati, Ohio. All work was designed by the architect and constructed by the architect with teams composed of University of Cincinnati co-op students.

The existing configuration of built-in work areas was not visually or acoustically isolated from the main circulation space on the third floor of the existing building. The design solution proposed a wall of sliding translucent panels that would help attenuate the noise created by telephone conversations, yet still allow a degree of openness and light transmission into the circulation area. This was accomplished by creating panels composed of vertically oriented homasote, cut to random length strips and assembled on a steel frame, providing acoustical profiling as well as slots of light.