Taming the sounds of the city
Acoustic comfort was essential for mixed-use buildings in a busy city centre
Marina One comprises four high-rise buildings, which are Green Mark Platinum and LEED Platinum rated. Its two office towers are occupied by blue-chip tenants like Facebook and PwC, while its two residential towers provide 1,042 city apartments and penthouses for around 3,000 residents.
For architect Christoph Ingenhoven, the key challenge in this prestigious development project was providing acoustic comfort for the occupants of its offices, residences and retail outlets – all of which are in the busy city centre district of Singapore, with lots of surrounding traffic noise.
This project became the first in Asia to employ the acoustic capabilities of ROCKWOOL Safe‘n’silent using an estimated 200,000m2 of the drywall partition system. To aid the design process, ROCKWOOL South Asia provided the architect with a complete toolset to meet the required Noise Criteria (NC) and achieve the desired ambient noise level in specific rooms of Marina One.
Since Safe‘n’silent is made of natural stone wool it has excellent acoustic insulation performance, as well as being non-combustible, thermally efficient, sustainable and long-lasting. This means that workers and residents in the high-rise buildings will benefit from a reduction in noise pollution, high levels of fire safety and better indoor comfort in their daily lives.
Noise and disturbances are common in a mixed environment of residences and offices. In Marina One it has been significantly minimised, and these buildings will stand for many years as examples of how quality living and working can be safely and silently combined.