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Noisy restaurants: a headache for owners, diners and staff

Posted by Sound of Architecture staff on Jan 19, 2016 5:30:00 AM

Noisy restaurants have implications well beyond irritated customers who can’t hear what their companions are saying. They pose potential occupational health and safety pitfalls for restaurant owners and their staff.

The look and feel of a restaurant is usually driven by what owners think their customers want.

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Din at dinner keeps diners away

Posted by Sound of Architecture staff on Jan 14, 2016 5:30:00 AM
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Topics: din at dinner, restaurant design, restaurant acoustic

Sound and taste: White noise sucks the sweetness out of dessert

Posted by Sound of Architecture staff on Jan 12, 2016 5:30:00 AM

Loud background noise in restaurants may interfere with more than just your dinnertime conversation. It may suck the sweetness out of your dessert.

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Topics: sound and taste, noise in restaurants

Noise restaurants alienate older diners

Posted by Sound of Architecture staff on Jan 7, 2016 5:30:00 AM

Noisy restaurants are a major turn off for older diners. Nearly two thirds say they would actively steer clear of loud venues.

A recent survey by the Australian hearing care provider, HEARINGLife, concluded that 64% of over 55-year-olds would avoid eating at a restaurant if the music or background noise was too loud.

Although excessive noise is frequently listed ahead of price or poor service as the top complaint of diners, less than a third of those surveyed by HEARINGLife said they had ever asked to have the music turned down.

So are restaurateurs getting the message that loud venues are a big turn off for the over 55s, one of society’s most economically influential groups?

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Topics: noise restaurants, elderly diners

Restaurant Design: Interior Designer's Acoustic Tips

Posted by Sound of Architecture staff on Jan 5, 2016 5:30:00 AM


Glass walls are in, carpet is out and curtains are sooooo last century. And when was the last time you saw a tablecloth underneath your plate at a restaurant?

Minimalist design and décor may be the trademark of today’s trendiest eateries, but, as any interior designer or architect will tell you, it can play havoc with a venue’s noise levels.

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Topics: acoustic design, restaurants acoustics, acoustic tips, restaurant design

6 restaurant and bar design trends for 2015

Posted by Sound of Architecture staff on Dec 22, 2015 5:30:00 AM

As the year draws to a close, what are the bar and restaurant design trends that may remain from 2015? Here we share 6 to watch out for. 

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Topics: restaurant and bar design

6 café design trends and ideas

Posted by Sound of Architecture staff on Dec 17, 2015 5:30:00 AM

If you’re about to open or makeover a coffee shop, café or casual restaurant, what are the café design trends and ideas to be aware of? Here, we unveil six of the trends from those in the know. 

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The latest trends in restaurant interior design

Posted by Sound of Architecture staff on Dec 15, 2015 5:30:00 AM

Opening a new restaurant or about to give one a refresh?  Here are the top restaurant interior design trends for 2016. 

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Topics: restaurant interior design

Restaurant and bar design ideas

Posted by Sound of Architecture staff on Dec 10, 2015 5:30:00 AM

Creating a bar with buzz is one thing. But creating one with buzz AND some kind of conversational comfort, is another. Here, three designers share their visions for the makeover of their favourite bars, as part of the Dine Hear competition in 2013 and 2014. 

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Topics: restaurant and bar design

Acoustic design advice for café interiors

Posted by Sound of Architecture staff on Dec 8, 2015 5:30:00 AM

Café and restaurant designers face a difficult challenge when designing café interiors: how to create buzz and ambience, while still letting people hear each other speak. Here are the key acoustic considerations. 

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