Dark grey acoustic ceiling makes students feel they are under a starry sky
Bright and fresh is the trend of the day, but in Ekonomikum's new reading room at Uppsala University, dark surfaces and carefully placed light sources are used to give peace of mind and stimulate concentration.
If you want to create a space that will enable students to concentrate and study in a space that isn’t larger than 300 square metres, then you really need to pay attention to every detail.
In Ekonomikum’s new reading room, a great emphasis has been placed on getting the right amount of lighting to create a tranquil space that removes distractions. Jonas Kjellander of Sweco Architects shares his vision behind the design of the room
“We’ve created different areas with varying types of furniture. In the middle, we have placed 14 specially designed armchairs around a gas fire, which we’ve name “campfire” and then we have, built-in seating cabinets along the walls. We have worked a lot with the light – we’ve gone with 500 lux in the work area, 300 lux just around the work areas, and a maximum of 100 lux in general.”
Studying under the stars
Before entering the reading room, you have take off your shoes. You are then welcomed by a starry sky that reaches over the entire space, which has only been possible to create thanks to the Rockfon acoustic ceiling solution.
Jonas Kjellander explains:
“It was important to have a dark suspended ceiling, which just disappeared into the background to create a feeling of infinity. With Rockfon Color-all®, in Charcoal, we have got everything that is important to us - a sound-absorbing acoustic ceiling solution with an invisible matt suspension grid that does not give off any shine. We’ve run very thin fiberglass cables through the acoustic ceiling panels, which creates the effect of sitting under a starry sky."
The world outside
Deep knowledge is important for advancing science, but it is also important for facilitating social life. Outside the reading room itself is a bright room with a space for conversations and video conferencing. Here, too, the suspended ceiling comes from Rockfon and is Rockfon Blanka in a M-edge.
Peter Fritzon, Sales Manager at Rockfon talks about the product's benefits
“It is very important for us to be able to meet the architect's requirements for different design ideas. "white on white" creates light and airiness, but you should also be able to create a design with different colours. Rockfon Color-All gives free rein for various interesting and innovative solutions.”