At Kvadrat Soft Cells we have extensive experience in many different markets, architectural needs and acoustic environments. The projects we have been involved in range from new buildings to renovations.
The acoustic performance of a space has a direct impact on how people enjoy working or living in that space.
Soft Cells is a modular acoustic panel-system, which we can use a variety of fabrics on to control acoustics in a space. Spaces can range from an office environment, where we may be putting singular acoustic panels in, to a concert hall or an auditorium, where there could be hundreds or thousands of large panels that all need to work well in conjunction.
Today, architects are looking for large open spaces with clean lines, and sometimes you can have hard surfaces such as glass and concrete, which challenges the acoustic performance of the space. Kvadrat Soft Cells’s acoustic panels achieve that minimalism whilst also adding softness and improving the acoustic performance of the space.
The bulk of our production of acoustic panels is done in a factory in Poznan, Poland.
The sound absorbing panels consists of an aluminium frame that has fabric tensioned onto that frame. In order to meet the aesthetic requirements and acoustic requirements, we use a wide variety of fabrics.
Every acoustic panel is customized, and is cut, assembled and upholstered by hand. We start by making the aluminium profile, which is made from over 40 % recycled aluminium. After it is cut, the profile is assembled into a frame. Through the process, everything is measured and check-measured, which gives us the high level of precision that is required for the projects we do.
Afterwards, we add the acoustic foam, which is cut specifically to that frame, and the fabric is then rolled out and fastened on the acoustic panel. In the upholstery process we use our tensioning system, where we use coil springs to fasten the fabric tight on the sound absorbing panel.
Kvadrat Soft Cells creates fully customisable, high-performance acoustic panels characterised by aesthetic excellence and exceptional versatility. In addition, we offer end-to-end project support, delivered by a global network of specialists who have been specially trained in architecture and design.
Our design workshop in Copenhagen, which is designed by Caruso St John, houses our prototyping workshop and design office. Here we develop our acoustic panels.
Soft Cells is an acoustic textile panel-system. Currently it consists of a very large variety of plane panels with a patented technology for tensioning almost any kind of textile. Our innovation department is presently focusing on a concept with three-dimensional acoustic panels.
The 3D project is a result of enquiries that we have had over the years from architects working with freeform surfaces. It consists of a grid of thin, lightweight aluminium ribs, which is spanned with textile – a bit like the 30's aeroplane wing construction.
Textile is a simple, smart material that is perfect for combining different functionalities. Here you can work with the properties of the textile itself to create both the acoustics performance and your design intention.
Whereas on the plane Soft Cells we only tension the fabric on the edge of the frame, the tensioning system is spread over the entire surface on the three-dimensional acoustic panels. This allows us to create sound absorbing panels in almost any shape that is possible within the physical boundaries of the textile with great precision. With this very open and lightweight construction, you will have the possibility to adjust the absorptive qualities of the surface between absorption, reflection and diffusion.
By developing this three-dimensional acoustic panel-system, we want to offer the architects or designers the possibilities of a much larger freedom of design with textile surfaces than they have today.
In close collaboration with Kvadrat Soft Cells, Parreno has devised a highly specialised moving installation in the vast Turbine Hall, consisting of 19 acoustic screens that throughout the day will descend from above. To meet the purposes required by the commission, the design of the Soft Cells panels had to be re-engineered. Part of the installation are three 16 x 2.5 metre Soft Cells panels, which were specially developed and built on site.
Tarek Atoui has developed nine new instruments for this exploration, and their playability are the result of workshops and collaborations between the artist, instrument makers, speaker designers, software engineers, musicians, deaf and non-deaf students and volunteers.