img(height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=2939831959404383&ev=PageView&noscript=1")

Quiet please: Intelligent acoustics at the University of Limerick

High-performing stone wool ceilings create tailor-made sound solutions for contemplation and collaboration in the offices and open-plan spaces of the Glucksman Library

In association with
From quiet reading and study to more collaborative activities, Rockfon Eclipse ceiling islands are ideal for flexible, multiuse spaces.
From quiet reading and study to more collaborative activities, Rockfon Eclipse ceiling islands are ideal for flexible, multiuse spaces.

The Glucksman Library at the University of Limerick is one of the biggest campus libraries in Ireland and one of the most digitally advanced in the world. The €30 million project includes a 7,600m2 extension and new facilities that offer students advanced computing, collaboration and communication spaces. Acoustic ceilings from Rockfon were fitted throughout and have played a pivotal role in helping the university realise its vision.

Meeting the brief

Architects RKD designed the library with a sequence of open-plan, flexible, naturally lit areas, allowing for multiple uses, from quiet reading and study to more collaborative activities. Rockfon Eclipse islands were specified for these areas, producing innovative ceiling designs that work in harmony with the library’s contemporary interior. Munster Rugby's new purpose-built High Performance Centre at the University of Limerick is also fitted with Rockfon Eclipse islands where they provide excellent sound control in the circulation areas and break-out spaces. At last year’s Fit Out Awards in Ireland, RKD won Fit Out Project of the Year - Public Sector for its work on the Glucksman Library. 

Each island is produced from 40mm thick stone wool and has two smooth surfaces that absorb sound, helping create an environment where speech can be heard clearly in busy areas while protecting neighbouring quiet spaces from intrusive noise. The acoustics in the library were a fundamental part of the design. Rockfon offered a cost-effective solution that met the specification thanks to its highest Class A sound absorption and safest Class A1 fire protection.

Distinctive designs to choose from

Rockfon Eclipse islands are available in square, circle, rectangle and custom shapes. Hung from thin wires, they appear to float, adding a distinctive look to any interior. They can be positioned in any arrangement, at any height, fixed to the ceiling and at different angles. A white finish was chosen for the ceiling islands in the library, but Eclipse ceiling islands can also be specified in many colours using the Natural Colour system. Sample swatches are sent out for approval prior to production to make sure the colour is spot on.

  • Rockfon Eclipse islands are available in rectangular, square, circular and bespoke shapes. Hung from wires, they appear to float, adding elegance to any interior.
    Rockfon Eclipse islands are available in rectangular, square, circular and bespoke shapes. Hung from wires, they appear to float, adding elegance to any interior.
  • Rockfon Eclipse islands create an environment where speech can be heard clearly in busy areas while protecting neighbouring quiet spaces from intrusive noise.
    Rockfon Eclipse islands create an environment where speech can be heard clearly in busy areas while protecting neighbouring quiet spaces from intrusive noise.
  • Chicago Metallic Infinity framed ceiling islands, installed with Rockfon Blanka E ceiling tiles, help create a modern design for the  Glucksman Library conference rooms.
    Chicago Metallic Infinity framed ceiling islands, installed with Rockfon Blanka E ceiling tiles, help create a modern design for the Glucksman Library conference rooms.
  • Rockfon Blanka has a smooth, deep matt, super white surface with high light reflection and light diffusion to create a bright and comfortable environment.
    Rockfon Blanka has a smooth, deep matt, super white surface with high light reflection and light diffusion to create a bright and comfortable environment.
1234

Comfortable lighting for conference rooms

Chicago Metallic Infinity framed ceiling islands were made to bespoke sizes and installed with Rockfon Blanka E ceiling tiles and create a modern design for the Glucksman Library's conference rooms. Rockfon Blanka has a smooth, deep matt, super white surface with high light reflection and light diffusion that create a bright and comfortable environment in line with the university’s brief for well lit spaces. The islands are constructed to provide high sound absorption and sound insulation, ensuring conversations inside the rooms remain private and undisturbed by external noise.

Rockfon acoustic ceiling solutions are designed to offer unrivalled benefits. All our products are manufactured from stone wool, which offers excellent performance in terms of fire safety (A1) and 100 per cent humidity resistance. Stone wool is non-combustible, structurally stable and offers easy maintenance and longevity.

For more information and technical support, visit rockfon.co.uk

 

Contact:

020 8222 7457

info@rockfon.co.uk


 

Latest

Thursday 16th June, 2 -3.15pm

Business resilience for small and medium architecture practices A RIBA Journal Webinar in Association with Deltek

Dreamy, imaginative interiors depend on the right procurement choices. Here is our latest selection to inspire you

Interiors picks from PiP's procurement postbag

The founder of Macdonald Wright Architects on how teaming up with the right people has helped improve the buildability and environmental performance of projects such as Caring Wood and the Library House

The people who have helped to realise projects such as Caring Wood and the Library House

A kinetic drying technology for use in cement production has been developed by UK-based Coomtech, as part of a major R&D push to make construction more sustainable

Kinetic drying technology raises hopes for carbon-efficient cement

Our social media-fuelled desire to keep up with the latest design trends is killing the planet, says Holly Milton, commended in the 2022 RIBAJ/Future Architects writing competition

The social media-fuelled desire to copy trends in our living environments is draining resources