NZIA Winner: 55 Symonds Street uses Asona Acoustic Products
Asona’s acoustic ceiling & wall panels have once again featured in the NZIA Awards Finalist selection. Asona was invited to collaborate with the design and construction team including Auckland based Architects Ashton Mitchell , Hawkins Construction and Alpha Interiors in developing an acoustic solution to meet the three-fold needs of the brand new purpose built student accommodation 55 Symonds Street Unilodge. These needs were to create a ‘wow factor’ in the public space, control unwanted noise and reverberation and to work within the budget constraints. To control noise in the corridors, Asona was first asked to manufacture a special 1500 x 300mm Triton 15 acoustic ceiling panel to span the full width of the corridor creating a cleaner ceiling layout with an economical high sound absorbing panel. The Study/Dining area being a large public area required a high NRC acoustic treatment to control the reverberation. Asona’s solution provided this control and added in the ‘wow factor’. They supplied Triton Cloud panels in 25, 50 and 75mm thicknesses wrapped in Texilla Bond & Orion fabrics, produced in 600 x 1200 and 600 x600 panels to give an overall NRC 1.00. The panels were fitted with a negative reveal one to another in an arrangement that created a stunning 3D effect across the majority of the study/dining area effectively controlling the acoustics and the reverberation of this space while adding drama and interest to the ceiling. Asona’s Triton Baffle Beams 40mm in white Sonatex followed the curved wall leading into the study/dining area and mirrored the vertical slats of the wooden wall panelling while providing additional acoustic control in striking contrast to the Triton Cloud panels further along on the ceiling. For the main feature wall separating the Study Lounge and Games Room, Asona manufactured and installed Triton Fabwall 40 in varying lengths wrapped in Textilla’ Bond Leaf fabric with a 40mm reveal around each panel. The varied lengths and wide reveals softened this two story wall which if tightly fitted together would have been over powering.