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Travel office fit-out benefits from acoustic improvements matched with high end aesthetic

Holidaying has changed. Where once, priority was placed primarily on the quality of the hotel and location, travellers today want to strike a balance between beautiful accommodation and experiential elements, which work together to create memories for life.

Klook is a provider of travel tours and activities, offered via a mobile app, which offers a curated selection of activities and attractions in Asia. Its team, based in central Hong Kong, recently benefited from a new office fit-out to bring the workplace aesthetic in line with the high quality of services and experiences offered to customers.

The project was overseen by Bean Buro, an architect studio founded in Hong Kong in 2014 by French architect Lorčne Faure and British architect Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui. The studio has a core team of passionate architecture and interior designers who deliver dynamic designs for commercial environments, with clients including Warner Music, L'Oreal, Jardine Restaurant Group, AstraZeneca and Uber.

The company’s founders had experience of working with Polyflor products on previous projects. Aware of the vast range of products available in materials and colours that could help to conceptualise their designs, they opted for a selection of vinyl floor coverings from Polyflor that brought a clean, fresh and natural feeling to Klook’s workspace.

Forest FX, a wood effect vinyl sheet collection, was used in Oiled Oak in the open office; the designs and colourways of the Forest FX range represent the beauty and sophistication of natural wood, with intricate grains and earthy shades used throughout. The covering is perfect for use in very heavy commercial installations, including education, healthcare, office, retail and leisure sectors.

Additionally, Silentflor – a collection of heavy commercial sheet vinyl flooring with acoustic properties – was specified in communal areas such as corridors and the company pantry.

Achieving 19dB impact sound reduction, Silentflor has been expertly created for a wide range of commercial interiors and is beautifully designed to portray a variety of wood effect, contemporary concrete and abstract themes to achieve a modern, on-trend look. With noise reduction in communal areas a real priority for the project, Bean Buro selected Silentflor’s Burnt Orange to match the wider colour palette of the office fit-out, and teamed this with Warm Concrete, citing the realism of the print as a true benefit for the scheme.

Speaking of the project, Faure said: “The thickness of the Silentflor flooring products made it very easy for installation in this property. We were conscious that we should reduce noise from walking as much as possible, and we felt the product had sufficient acoustic absorption to meet that need.

“We were particularly pleased to be able to select from the wide range of material textures and colours available from Polyflor to match the aesthetic and comfort required of this workplace design.”

Kinugasa-Tsui added: “The result of this project has been great for us as the designer, for the client and for the many employees of this workplace. As a result, we have continued to specify Polyflor products for projects after this one.”

Top benefits of Silentflor:
· Improves acoustic properties within busy commercial and public locations
· Available in 36 stunning designs
· Features a layer of polyurethane reinforcement for easy cleaning and maintenance
· Rated A+ for major use areas from BRE Global