OPEN PLANAlthough an open plan is especially associated with very modern designs it’s not entirely new. Frank Lloyd Wright, who coined the term organic architecture, first implemented the concept of an open floor plan. The idea of organic architecture refers to how a design is carefully thought out and becomes a unified interrelated composition. Like with many designs it is interesting to see them evolve and come full circle. Exposed ceilings open the area, creating a more integrated experience for the occupants. Offices benefit from the design by creating a team environment. Restaurants create an atmosphere of modern and expansive entertainment.
Today, all kinds of projects are being built with free-flowing layouts made up of sleek hard surfaces juxtaposed with raw materials. Bare trusses, exposed concrete, and metal decking are being added to the mix creating a modern and open feeling in today’s design whether in entertainment venues, classrooms, offices, or restaurants. However, with this trend, noise is a factor. The hard surfaces reflect sound and require careful consideration to combat this. Often the perfect contrast to this, both aesthetically and practically, is spray-applied sound control.
photo: Pernod Ricard - Amsterdam | architect: VASD interieur & architectuur - www.vasd.nl