Acoustic toothache eased at Chisholm Orthodontics

Chisholm Orthodontics

The city end of Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, is a prestigious location that hosts a number of professional and medical specialists. It is no wonder Chisholm Orthodontics chose to base their practice there, moving into the spacious and contemporary-designed office space. Large windows welcomed natural light into the building, but with this glass exterior came unwelcomed problems – one being a problem of poor acoustics.

As is pertinent within the realm of medical practices, orthodontists must work towards creating a comfortable environment for their patients. “Creating the right environment for the patient was the key driver to design”, says Azhar Khan, architect responsible for the project at Levitch Design Australia. “We wanted the patients to appreciate being in an aesthetically beautiful space but, at the same time, we wanted them to be able to relax as they waited for their treatment. The noise caused by using harsh modern aesthetic finishes, combined with some of the louder instruments used in treatment, can contribute to increased anxiety. We wanted a beautiful space that was also quiet; and we didn’t want to compromise on that”.

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A wall in the waiting room designated for Chisholm’s signage presented the designers with a brilliant opportunity. They turned to Acoufelt for a solution, knowing they would be able to offer a holistic treatment without compromising on aesthetics or acoustics.

“We specified three custom QuietPrint™ acoustic panels to cover that wall”, says Ms Steeds. “The real trick was in Acoufelt’s special printing capability, allowing them to print photographic grade images onto their acoustic panels without impacting the acoustic performance. That’s how we turned our signage wall into an acoustic solution”.

Chisholm Orthodontics Image
Chisholm Orthodontics Image

Where the previous hard wall reflected and magnified the sound produced in patient waiting rooms, Acoufelt panels achieve a minimum noise reduction coefficient (NRC) rating of 0.45. The panels were printed with varied coloured versions of the Chisholm Orthodontics logo, and by absorbing some of the resonating sound, had the effect of reducing the overall level of noise across the practice. Patients could now sit in peace and enjoy the aesthetic and pleasant atmosphere of the contemporary-designed waiting room.

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