On architectural acoustic design using computer simulation

Anne Marie Due Schmidt, Poul Henning Kirkegaard

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    Architectural acoustics design has in the past been based on simple design rules. However, with a growing complexity in architectural acoustics and the emergence of room acoustic simulation programmes with considerable potential, it is now possible to subjectively analyse and evaluate acoustic properties prior to the actual construction of a building. With the right tools applied, acoustic design can become an integral part of the architectural design process. The aim of this paper is to investigate the field of application that an acoustic simulation programme can have during an architectural acoustic design process. The emphasis is put on the first three out of five phases in the working process of the architect and a case study is carried out in which each phase is represented by typical results ? as exemplified with reference to the design of Bagsværd Church by Jørn Utzon. The paper discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the programme in each phase compared to the works of architects not using acoustic simulation programmes. The conclusion of the paper is that the application of acoustic simulation programs is most beneficial in the last of three phases but an application of the program to the two first ones would be preferable and possible with improvements of the interface of the program.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


    • modelling
    • process
    • tectonics
    • church
    • architecture
    • computer
    • CATT
    • simulation
    • integrated design
    • acoustics
    • Bagsværd
    • Utzon

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