Eastdil Secured 

 

Architects/Design
Kölling Architects

Location
Frankfurt, Germany

Opening
2020

Interior
Soft Cells/ Node ceiling solution by Kvadrat Acoustics
Soft Cells Broadline acoustic panels by Kvadrat Acoustics covered with the textile Kuria

 

In one
The extension at the Frankfurt offices of Eastdil Secured, a leading real estate investment bank, features a Soft Cells/ Node solution by Kvadrat Acoustics in the ceiling. The architects specified this after discovering that Soft Cells acoustic panels and Node integrate seamlessly and could meet the project’s exacting technical, acoustic and design requirements. Initially, they had considered plasterboard.

The Soft Cells/Node solution enhances the space’s aesthetic quality while ensuring a healthy, productive acoustic environment. It comprises freely suspended Soft Cells Broadline acoustic panels covered with the textile Kuria that help to define the working areas, as well as narrower ceiling panels, which demarcate the walkways and ceiling areas. The ceiling comprises 36 freely suspended Soft Cells Broadline panels covered with the textile Kuria that help to define the working areas, as well as narrower ceiling panels, which demarcate the walkways and ceiling areas.

By specifying Node, the architects were able to ensure a seamless look for the entire ceiling and integrate identically designed lighting, safety lighting, sprinklers and smoke detector elements within a black multifunctional rail. They could also conceal the low-hanging ventilation pipes.

The 250 sqm extension is on the gallery floor of a historic building opposite the renaissance façade of the Alte Oper. It incorporates an open landscape with 16 workstations, a café bar and a lounge area. Straight-lined contemporary furniture and oak elements lend the space a sensual flair while delicate tints serve to differentiate the work areas.

High ambition
Soft Cells Broadline panels are installed throughout the offices of a real estate company. As the premises are on the 31st floor, and the six metre-long panels were too large for the service elevators, they were assembled on-site – a first for Kvadrat Acoustics in Asia.

The Soft Cells Broadline panels ensure that, despite the presence of large glass windows, the offices combine a beautiful aesthetic with excellent acoustic properties. They are specified on the walls of gallery spaces, lounges, meeting rooms and a multifunction room. Soft Cells panels are also installed on corridor ceilings.

Local production teams were set up to make on-site assembly possible. Furthermore, customised brackets that link the profiles together were created at the building, in order to facilitate a seamless installation process.

 

Imagery by Moritz Bernoully