Sound Masking and Art

By Jon Page 12.19.2017

Sound masking is an acoustical solution often used in offices to help protect speech privacy, reduce noise distractions, and increase productivity. Used by over 30,000 companies, sound masking from Cambridge Sound Management helps make offices more comfortable.

But did you know that sound masking can be useful in an art museum?

ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum is an art museum in Denmark that was established in 1859 and created by Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects. A building of massive size, over 17,000 square meters, the art museum features a glass and concrete for a sleek design.

Concrete and glass are reflective building materials, which means sound bounces off of it easily creating a loud an acoustically uncomfortable environment for museum patrons. To enhance the acoustics in the museum, the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum installed sound masking to add subtle, airflow-like background sound specifically engineered to target human speech and reduce noise distractions in the museum.

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