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How to Reduce Noise in Open Offices
Recognizing the need for an expanded, state-of-the-art North American headquarters, global luxury group Kering tasked HLW with creating the company’s new operations hub in a former warehouse in Wayne, New Jersey. Incorporating the existing structure into a Parisian-inspired office design, HLW’s scheme reinforces Kering’s commitment to sustainability and dedication to fostering a high quality-of-life workplace that favors employee individuality.
The building has been transformed into a bright, open office, complete with a host of personal workstations and lounge areas that are all cloaked in natural light. With a mix of collaborative and lounge-style break out spaces, employees can easily work in any environment that best suits their needs. To support collaborative, group-based work, each team was given their own whitebox huddle room to customize the furniture, colors and art, based on their unique style and workflows.
With so much open space and employee collaboration, noise had the potential to be a problem. The team at HLW paid special attention to noise control, utilizing sleek, acoustic lighting and sound panels throughout.
Mixing work with lunch
Collaboration can be noisy