The Temple of Sound Offers Calm and Lessons on Acoustics

03.12.20 | By
The Temple of Sound Offers Calm and Lessons on Acoustics

Swedish brand BAUX produces environmentally friendly acoustic panels. Since launching, they have worked with brands such as Google, Amazon, Stella McCartney, WeWork, Spotify, Uber, Airbnb, and Nike, to bring acoustic peace to retail spaces, homes, and workplaces. At Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair this year, they built a playful house of acoustic devotion, The Temple of Sound, made of their Wood Wool and Acoustic Pulp sound absorbers.

The Wood Wool panels come in bold colors and geometric patterns whereas Acoustic Pulp features more subdued, neutral tones. BAUX’s Stockholm stand even resembles a classical temple, with arched frescoes that are made up of BAUX sound absorbers, all created by Johan Ronnestam in collaboration with design studio Form Us With Love.

At Stockholm this year, they also released The Book of Acoustics, a guide to how acoustic design can contribute to relaxation and recovery, lower blood pressure, reduced levels of cortisol and adrenaline, regeneration of brain cells, improved quality of sleep, and even more feelings of empathy and patience. At The Temple of Sound, visitors were invited in to study the book and gauge their knowledge of sound in an inspiring environment.

“Today we spend a large part of our lives in the office, the design of which can strongly influence our health and wellbeing, particularly when it comes to sound and noise. At BAUX we consider it a key goal to improve the acoustic design of such spaces…We hope that this practical guide will be of use to designers, architects and employers, all of whom share a responsibility for the wellbeing of people in their workplaces,” says Fredrik Franzon, co-founder of BAUX.

Photos by Jonas Lindström.

Keshia grew up in Singapore and moved to the U.S. to attend Dartmouth College. When she was living abroad after graduation, a chance enrollment at the Architectural Association Visiting School led to her becoming enamored with door schedules and architectural écriture. She's particularly interested in design for aging, rural architecture, and Asian design heritage.