Speaker sculptures solve acoustic problems.
Working with Fieldwork Design and Architecture, Parallel designed and built a speaker system with custom audio content for Nike’s lead design offices. Over 1000 speakers were suspended on thin cables, creating dynamic shapes that integrate into the existing ceiling structure. The widely dispersed speakers evenly fill the space with a masking treatment and specially composed sounds that play each day at noon. Building occupants are also able to use the system to playback music of their choice.
Using sound as a design element, Parallel created a series of different custom sounds that dramatically sweep across the space each day at noon. The noon sounds were designed to abstractly express concepts of motion and speed, connecting with Nike brand identity and the meaning of the site. This sonic gesture in not only relevant because it reminds employees of the midday hour, but also because it helps to create a sense of place - connecting people with the meaning of their environment through use of sound design.