Project description

The project explores and applies architectural acoustics through early design processes to manufacturing processes and production of 1:1 prototypes. It integrates in this course; aspects of architectural acoustics, architectural parametric design, architectural theory and computer numerical controlled (CNC) manufacturing processes.

The project is structured in 4 phases. First phase (1), initiates with an architectural design exploration focused on the design of a surface element based on acoustic and material properties (wood and textiles). Second phase (2) focuses on a system as an assembly and joinery/details of the elements internal structure and its relation to neighbouring elements. Third phase (3) applies the knowledge gained in phase (1) and (2) to create an envelope formation that is based on acoustics, material and spatial properties. Last phase (4) applies the design of the element design in (1) and advanced through (2) and (3) to a manufacturing process. Knowledge of manufacturing constraints is also to be discussed in the previous phases.

Methods

The project is focused on three aspects; architectural acoustics, experimental design processes and computational methods for form analysis and form manufacturing. In this process, digital parametric models are central to create acoustic analysis, to develop multiple design proposals and to make physical prototypes and final models based on these studies.

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Acoustic Pavilion / Measurements

A total of 90 acoustic measurements have been done with 2 different source positions, 5 different microphone positions and 3 different amount of occupants (2,10,35). Several passes where repeated to create better basis for post analysis. Focused was placed on understanding the frequency response (FFT graph), the speech intelligibility (D50 graph) and reverberation time (T30 graph). One of the graph sets can be seen below. An app is currently in development to allow dissemination of all data gathered. 1-2-5-Front