A comfortable environment is influenced by architecture and its materiality, and how it affects all our senses. However, building materials with hard surfaces do not always support the sense of hearing, which calls for interiors with acoustic support. In order to produce sustainable building components on an industrial scale, you have to take the whole chain of production, disassembly and biodegradability into account.

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Kvadrat Soft Cells

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Kvadrat

Ed Reeve

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soft-cells.com

Kvadrat Soft Cells is an acoustic wall and ceiling panel system that deliverssound absorption and creates a comfortable acoustic environment inmodern architecture with hard surfaces such as glass and concrete. Thepanels can be customized in shape and colour and can be integrated invarious design schemes. Due to a patented textile-tensioning mechanism,they are also resistant to humidity and temperature. The panels consist oftwo layers of tensioned textile and acoustic padding which absorb soundin the low and mid-range frequencies. Its modular design makes it easy toreuse in other settings, and the visible front textile can be easily reupholstered for adaptation prolonging the life span.

The panels are designed for disassembly and most components andmaterials can easily go into recycling streams. The extruded framesconstituting the main component are produced with high amounts ofrecycled content and are cut to size while the waste from manufacturingis recycled.

Current focus is on reducing textile waste through both reuse and recycling, and Soft Cells is working closely together with Really – a companyreusing textile fibres for both construction boards and acoustic products– to develop closed material loops.

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