Acoustic Panels Enhance Dining Experience

An elegant Montreal restaurant uses custom-colored ceiling panels to provide comfortable communication for diners.

The restaurant has hardwood floors, oversized mirrors, and dark wood pillars topped with contrasting golden-yellow tiles. Approximately 600 sq. ft. of the 2,200-sq.-ft. dining area uses acoustic ceiling tiles to provide comfortable communication.

Brasserie Bernard is a classic French brasserie in the heart of Outremont, a high-end neighborhood in Montreal. Owners of several popular restaurants, brothers Maurice, Paul, and Richard Holder knew from experience that acoustics are an important part of developing an ideal atmosphere. To create a space that allows comfortable communication, the brothers selected lightweight, WILLTEC direct-apply panels from pinta acoustic inc., Minneapolis. In addition to providing acoustic benefits, the custom golden-yellow panels harmonize with the multidimensional painted ceiling and walls, and contrast with the black wood and leather banquettes.

The restaurant has hardwood floors, oversized mirrors, and dark wood pillars topped with contrasting golden-yellow tiles. Without an acoustical treatment, hard surfaces in a space reflect sound energy. Excessive sound builds up and produces higher levels of background noise. This often results in people speaking louder, making it even more difficult to have an enjoyable conversation.

“Our painter created a unique texture and color by layering paints on the ceiling and walls,” explained Maurice Holder. “We provided a sample of the color to pinta acoustic. They formulated a custom coating that coordinated with the ceiling.”

Approximately 600 sq. ft. of the 2,200-sq.-ft. dining area received acoustic treatment with 24- x 24-in., 2-in.-thick WILLTEC custom panels finished with a specially formulated water-based, golden-yellow acoustic coating. The panels were adhered to the ceiling with pinta’s acouSTIC adhesive.

The smooth-surface, direct-apply wall and ceiling panels are said to provide superior sound absorption and offer limitless design possibilities. ASTM E84 Class A, CAN/ULC-S102 fire-rated, natural gray or white panels can be produced in a variety of shapes, sizes, and thicknesses with square or bevel edges and color coated in a variety of standard, premium, and custom water-based finishes. The panels adhere to most substrates and can be cut to fit on site.

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