The client clearly stated in our first meeting they want a nice place, suitable both for a coffee break for the staff and for a meal with an ambassador.
Open Project proposes to divide the dining area in three major parts, where 2 are “traditional” table-chairs, and the third is what they called a “lounge area”: a cafeteria-style corner where you can relax and enjoy a cup of coffee on a comfortable sofa or on a funny coloured pouf.
Lights are warmer, furniture is a little rugged, just the kind of place where you can feel at home for a little break or after a hard day at work.
Noise is clearly one of the biggest issues in a place where people gather for a quick lunch or just for a coffee; acoustic insulation can be achieved in many ways, using materials and techniques that reduce most of the undesired acoustic waves.
A soundproof false ceiling might be our best option, but it is often very expensive and sometimes un-effective for these kinds of places.
Photo credits: Open Project