Open plan issues
New Zealand-based Archipro provides an online architecture and interiors resource. The Archipro team moved into stylish new premises in a 1930s character building in October 2018. Although they love the polished concrete floors, exposed timber beam ceilings, and brick walls in the open plan space, the acoustics proved a problem. The multitude of hard surfaces reflected sound. The proximity of sales people talking on the phone next to design teams performing quiet, focused work meant that the space was noisy and it was difficult to concentrate.