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
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.
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.
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