One of the greatest challenges when designing open-plan work buildings of a large scale, is ensuring the ambience and performance of the workspace is given as much attention as the design.
So when Fonterra set about building their new Head Offices, they collaborated with their architects Jasmax design and Forman Building Systems from the outset, to create an interior ceiling system which would ensure a productive working environment, yet wouldn’t compromise the design aesthetic.
The vast foyer uses Armstrong MetalWorks Open Cell from Forman Building Systems to create an eye-catching metal ceiling. In addition to the clever ceiling solutions adopted in the foyer, it required visually striking acoustic ceilings in other areas of the building which would also be easily demountable to allow access to services for the maintenance team. As these particular areas housed a number of employees, a high level of acoustic treatment was also required to ensure the comfort of staff working within these spaces.
The team at Forman tackled this challenge by installing a primary plasterboard ceiling to hide the services and using Armstrong’s MetalWorks One Way Hook-On perforated metal ceiling for easy access. Several acoustic access panels were then installed in the plasterboard ceiling which means Fonterra’s team could service these areas as and when required. A secondary ceiling was then installed directly over the plasterboard ceiling, further enhancing the acoustics in the area.
In other areas of the fit-out Forman’s team opted for Armstrong Ultima Acoustic Ceiling Pods, which are floating acoustic ceiling pods installed between the concrete ribs in the roof. They combined Armstrong Axiom aluminium perimeter sections, Armstrong PeakForm grid and Armstrong Ultima rebated edge tile, as Ultima is a high performance tile that offers a sophisticated look and is extremely durable.
Overall, the customised solutions Forman delivered to this project helped to create a truly magnificent yet well-functioning space and environment for staff.
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