A new standard for designed acoustics
When Jacy'z Hotel & Resort opened its doors in Gothenburg, Sweden, it was with the ambition to create a meeting place unlike any other in the city. From the outside in, it is a holistic experience that embraces you, warmly and generously, with a great attention to detail. The building, which has become a landmark in the city, has an exterior dominated by glass and a striking grid pattern that – if you’re like us – brings to mind an acoustic suspended ceiling.
Project: Jacy’z Hotel & Resort
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Interior design: ESS Group/Spik Studios
Reflex Architects have designed the building and ESS Group is responsible for the operation and furnishing of the hotel. Together with their interior design agency Spik Studios, they had an early vision when they saw the building: to create a destination with many different exciting places to experience, with an international touch, where Las Vegas meets both the 1960s and the present.
We can create a suspended ceiling that not only follows the interior design and solves the acoustic challenges, but also becomes a design experience in itself.
That the acoustic experience is important and included in the project from the beginning goes without saying. Carpets, upholstered furniture, and textiles meet the ceiling acoustics to create the ESS Group's signature feel. The architecture of the building doesn’t offer that many square and straight ceiling surfaces, but that has not been a problem:
“If we work through the angles and meeting points with the right products, we can create a suspended ceiling that not only follows the interior design and solves the acoustic challenges, but also becomes a design experience in itself,” says Jens Odén, Interior Design Manager at ESS Group.
The Ecophon Focus™ tile, which has been used for Jacy’z, offers great flexibility. For example, one can put brass profiles in the support structure, place the tiles diagonally, or print a pattern on the tiles so that it feels like reed or a veneered board.
Together with the property owners, builders and subcontractors, the team developed early on detailed images of what the interior should look like. A common vision from the beginning was crucial.
We put so much effort and energy into the details and choice of products, materials and colours. This is what makes our destinations stand out.
Jens Odén tells us that ESS Group also signaled to the property owner early on in the project that they are quite picky...
“We put so much effort and energy into all the details and choice of products, materials and colours. This is what makes our destinations stand out. But you must bear in mind that a little more time and commitment is required,” says Jens. He believes that you can't get away with anything else today – the guests are so aware and urbane.
“They notice the difference in, for example, which surface layers we choose. So, we need to constantly challenge ourselves to meet their needs and wants.”
When well-being and satisfaction of hotel guests are at stake, it’s worth going that extra mile. Great visual effects and superior sound experiences in a welcoming environment is a win-win situation. Guests can enjoy meals, conversations, and their stay in effectively controlled acoustic conditions.
At Jacy'z, nothing has been left to chance. And through the attention to the small details, the case tells a bigger story: that the time is over when suspended ceilings were only about hygiene and function. When the opportunity is there, why not make something beautiful out of them?