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The House of Sweden, which opened in 2006, required acoustic criteria for its numerous spaces, including residences, conference facilities, interview rooms within private offices, mechanical and generator rooms and a fitness facility. The House of Sweden, which serves as the consular division of the Swedish Embassy, is a multipurpose facility that requires speech privacy and low noise levels. As such, we worked closely with the architect’s design team from the beginning phases to ensure that all mechanical equipment, partition details and surface finishes would achieve the desired environment required in the world of diplomacy.

The slab construction detailed in VOA’s drawings ensured the appropriate vibration isolation and as such there were no further specifications required. To create the necessary aesthetic, VOA detailed wood and tile floor finishes. This created a potential problem for the acoustics of the rooms, since wood and tile are naturally reverberative finishes. Our team made recommendations for floor underlayments to minimize impact isolation.

Partition construction is a central factor in limiting horizontal noise transmission within buildings. Thus Cerami provided appropriate details to achieve acoustical and functional performance. Further work at the House of Sweden included extensive noise level testing in order to determine the impact of airplanes flying over the building. The goal was to make certain that VOA’s window glazing will be able to mitigate excess noise generated from the planes.

Client: VOA Architects
Project Type: New Construction
Size: 85,000 sf
Location: Washington, DC