Acoustic Problems in ADM Building

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Acoustic Problems in ADM Building

  1. 1. A Design Solution to Acoustic Problems in the ADM Building by Huang Yanying September 2008
  2. 2. The (Noise) Problem <ul><li>Huge spaces are left empty in the ADM building. </li></ul><ul><li>Sound bounces off hard wall and ceiling surfaces in the building causing sound buildup and noise issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of furniture and soft surfaces to absorb the noise reverberations. </li></ul><ul><li>Excessive background noise and reverberations affect hearing comprehension and concentration in public spaces and classrooms. </li></ul><ul><li>High levels of ambient noise contributes to irritation and annoyance (as well as the long term hearing and voice impairment) of students, faculty and school staff working in the building. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Horizontal Surfaces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Floor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. Ceiling </li></ul></ul>Problematic Hard Surfaces in the Building <ul><li>Vertical Surfaces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Walls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a. Blank Concrete Walls </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>b. Glass walls </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>c. Concrete Pillars </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Research Commerical Acoustic Traps
  5. 5. “ If you have a room which quickly fills up with noise, our Coffered Ceiling may be exactly what you need to help calm things down. Typical rooms which benefit most from this product have large areas of glass windows, hard surface floors and sheetrock ceilings. If you need acoustic improvement and don’t wish to or can’t install a suspended tile ceiling, consider the ASC Coffered Ceiling. You’ll get the same acoustic benefits while adding a great looking architectural detail, with considerably less hassle. The unique attribute of this product is it’s ability to greatly reduce “crosstalk” reflections within a room full of people. Primary reflections are preserved while cancelling unwanted secondary reflections. This unique feature lets sound remain “bright” and the listener hears much less reflected sound from across the room.” ASC Coffered Ceiling™
  6. 6. <ul><li>Looks like artwork </li></ul><ul><li>Acts as a acoustic panel </li></ul>Acoustic Art Panels
  7. 7. Research Wall Decoration
  8. 9. Research Ceiling Decoration
  9. 11. Research Cork Material
  10. 12. <ul><li>Cork is: </li></ul><ul><li>Sound absorbing </li></ul><ul><li>Environmentally healthy </li></ul><ul><li>Comes in sheet form or blocks </li></ul><ul><li>Can be CNC, molded or carved </li></ul><ul><li>Can be printed on and coloured </li></ul>
  11. 13. Proposed Design Solutions
  12. 14. <ul><li>Cork Floor Tiles </li></ul><ul><li>Venue: ADM Level 1 Foyer </li></ul><ul><li>Problem: Hard floors bounces off sound. Impractical to carpet all floor areas in the building. </li></ul><ul><li>Solution: Removable cork floor tiles will absorb sound. </li></ul><ul><li>Acts as a graphic visual pathway through the school building corridors. </li></ul><ul><li>Can be stenciled with graphic design element to reflect ADM as an art school. </li></ul><ul><li>Cork tiles can be easily added to and position adjusted to change the layout, or removed entirely for official functions in different venues. </li></ul>
  13. 15. Art Canvas Acoustic Traps Venue: ADM Level 1 Cafe Area. Problem: Wide empty wall reflects off sound. Solution: Acoustic traps mounted on wall doubling as student artwork displays. Puts unused wall space to good use.
  14. 16. Art Canvas Acoustic Traps at Cafe Area
  15. 17. Ceiling Acoustic Traps Venue: ADM Level 1 Foyer Ceiling Problem: Blank ceiling bounces off sound vertically. Ceiling is covered with lights and speakers, making it difficult to blanket the area uniformly. Solution: Mounted cork/acoustic traps in the form of ceiling art.

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