Common Sense Strategies For Better Architectural Acoustics

The architecture of any building takes into account many variables including one of which is acoustics. With that said, there are some simple and straightforward acoustical design strategies that can be incorporated into any structure to improve the overall functionality of a space. For example, sound reflections can have a big impact on how well a space is received by occupants. Straight or flat surfaces tend to reflect sounds directly into the center of a space making sound less defined or clear.

Some Materials Absorb Sound

In addition, a wide variety of materials can be used and incorporated into any interior design project to create different acoustical effects. While some materials absorb sound frequencies, others will reflect sounds. Also worth mentioning is the fact that different materials absorb different frequencies. This can have an ultimate effect on the acoustics of any interior space. One of the best ways to achieve excellent results with regard to acoustics in any architectural design project is to consider the effect of echoes.

Keeping Extraneous Noises To A Minimum

Depending on the type of material used and the shape of interior walls and objects, echoes can be created causing an undesirable effect in a particular space. An equally important concern is the effect of other items throughout a space that create noise. For example an HVAC system can generate undesirable noises that can interfere with the acoustics of an interior space. All these aspects and variable should be considered when planning an architectural project around proper acoustics. Keeping extraneous noises to a minimum can ultimately serve to improve the overall sound balance of any space.

Pattern Control

Equally important is to consider the effect of obstructions or objects that may interfere with room acoustics. Objects that are placed directly in the path of where sound will typically travel can also interfere with good acoustics. This is especially true with regard to high-frequency sounds. For example, low-frequency sounds are known to bend and curve around a variety of different objects. In addition, everything from pattern control that is intended to improve sound coverage to a wide variety of sound distortions, good acoustical treatments can have a major impact on how well an architectural project ultimately turns out over the long term. Contact SBBL Architecture + Planning today for the best in Tucson architectural planning, interior design and site entitlement services.

The architecture of any building takes into account many variables including one of which is acoustics. With that said, there are some simple and straightforward acoustical design strategies that can be incorporated into any structure to improve the overall functionality of a space. For example, sound reflections can have a big impact on how well a space is received by…

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