Shopify

The search for an acoustic solution for one of the world's fastest growing commerce companies led to a New Zealand design.

The Challenge

When one of the fastest-growing commerce companies in the world designed their new headquarters in Ottawa, Canada, their search for an acoustic solution led them to a New Zealand designed solution: Hush.

The world-class innovation hub accommodates more than 800 employees over 6 levels. The brief was for an efficient, collaborative workplace focused not only on productivity, but also on employee health and wellbeing.

The Acoustic Solution

The contemporary, open plan space is dominated by hard surfaces – concrete, hardwoods and steel.

With numerous studies showing how noise in the workplace can lead to increased stress levels, lower morale, and a reduction in productivity, acoustics was a real concern.

Designers, Linebox, decided on Hush lights which not only provide light, but also reduce noise, control sound and echoes.

24 Hush Round fixtures were installed in their “Genius” call centre.

“We wanted a lighting fixture that combined sound and lighting properties but with a cool aesthetic. HUSH was the perfect solution.”

- Josee Anne Pronovos
Lead Architect, Linebox

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“Sound control and design were incredibly important to Shopify. Hush was chosen for their “Genius” call centre, where people are on the phone all the time. The fixture provided a whimsical approach to acoustics as well as providing a soft ambient lighting solution for the workspace.”

- Glenn Boccini
Dark Tools Lighting Consultant

Shopify's workplace is an example of how a well-designed, comfortable environment can enable employees to work to their fullest potential.
Lighting consultant, Glenn Boccini explains: “Open concept offices and ‘team sharing’ provide many advantages to employers and the corporate culture. They are, however, problematic when it comes to sound quality as there are so many hard surfaces that the spaces start to sound cacophonic. Sound control and design were incredibly important to Shopify. Hush was chosen for their “Genius” call centre, where people are on the phone all the time. The fixture provided a whimsical approach to acoustics as well as provided a soft ambient lighting solution for the workspace.”

Interiors: Linebox
Lighting Consultant: Dark Tools
Hush Lights: PLN Group
Photography: Union Eleven (courtesy of Linebox)
Contact our team to learn more about Hush and workplace acoustics.

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