How to make a comfortable recreation canteen area for western people?
Thinking about this we analyzed our own experience. Coming from Germany, with most people living in a green country side, where it is calm and the scent of nature like forest and grass is in the air, the most stress western people have is the LOUDNESS. Loudness in cities caused through heavy traffic, but also the non existing isolation in buildings, like sound blocking windows, walls and doors. Additionally there is almost no sound absorption and all around hard surfaces, which cause a lot of echos. You cannot understand clearly and everybody starts to talk louder. A severe stress, which often cause headache. In Germany the offices are usually with carpet and other sound absorbing surfaces, which cause a calm stressless atmosphere.
To create this feel good atmosphere in Haering VIP canteen, we used sound absorbing material on window side and opposite wall. The basically transparent material is printed with stimulating images in a half transparency manner.
Acoustic plant partitions and optionally a green wall add green nature feeling, which western people are used to.
What is the best table size for western people?
4, 6, 8 or more? If the table and the group is too large, you cannot talk across the table and communication is limited to the people next to you.
6 or 8 is the best size. Elliptical shape is more space saving than round. People are closer together and can talk normal too each other without shouting.