Investing money in a purpose-built conference room or auditorium is a major commitment, but for companies that get it right this investment can bring huge benefits in terms of increased productivity and reduced business costs.
Why spend money flying key personal around the world when you can just as easily conduct meetings with overseas colleagues or customers from your own office using the latest teleconferencing technology? Equally, a conference hall or auditorium that is designed to be flexible can save a larger company a fortune in external venue hire for corporate events.
For smaller businesses, conference rooms usually have to fulfil a number of different functions ranging from formal settings for client presentations and board meetings through to providing a space large enough for brainstorming sessions, team meetings and even social gatherings.
When it comes to creating the perfect conference facility, there are a number of points that need to be considered, no matter how large or small the facility might be. A key point – and one that is often sadly overlooked – is how the room sounds.
"In any conference or auditorium environment, audio is just as important as video – possibly even more so because it is very hard to fix poor audio at a later stage," says René Mørch, DPA Product Manager.
"Good communication is all about ensuring that everyone can be heard and understood. For this you need clear, intelligible sound. Room acoustics matter, especially in larger spaces, because reverberation caused by sound bouncing off hard surfaces can make it hard to hear. This can be easily fixed if the right acoustic treatment is installed, but designers need to be aware of the issue from the outset."