Maximizing the reflective qualities of both its glass and titanium exterior and the surface of the lake it sits on, China’s National Grand Theaterresembles nothing so much as a gigantic metallic egg. Housing three performance auditoriums, the theater boasts an underground entrance as its only means of access, preserving a mysterious, island-like effect.
Located on the Avenue of the Constitution in the Canarian capital, Santa Cruzde Tenerife, architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava designed a sweeping white concrete concert hallfor the waterfront of Santa Cruz. Construction began in 1997 and was completed in 2003.
The design calls for an exciting new cultural centre in the new Seven Pearls district of Dubai. This landmark development will accommodate an opera house, playhouse, arts gallery, performing arts school and themed hotel on an island in Dubai Creek just off the mainland part of the district. Read More
One of the main tourist attractions of Phnom Penh,the capital city of Combodia, is theChaktomuk Conference Hall. Designed by renowned architect Vann Molyvann, theChaktomuk Conference Hall in Phnom Penhwas originally opened in 1961 as La Salle de Conférence Chaktomuk.
TheMetropolitan Operais an opera company, located in New York City. Originally founded in 1880, the company gave its first performance on October 22, 1883. The company is operated by the non-profitMetropolitan Opera Association, with Peter Gelb as general manager. The music director is James Levine.
In the daytime, unStudio’s Haus für Musik und Musiktheater (MUMUTH) is a mysterious presence among historic houses on Lichtenfelsgasse Street in Graz, Austria’s second-largest city. A fine, stainless-steel mesh attached to gently curved steel frames completely masks the four-story, glass-and-steel structure as well as the spectacular concrete spiral that is the heart of the building.
Glasgow’s futuristic Clyde Auditorium is a new building and part of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), Scotland’s national venue for public events and also the UK’s largest integrated exhibition/conference centre. As you can see, it looks rather like an armadillo from the outside.
This auditorium – one of the largest in the world – was awarded to Studio Nicoletti as the result of an international restricted competition. Founded in the heart of the steppes only four years after the Independence of the Country, Astana is now a decade old new capital of Kazakhstan.
Through the 1980s and 1990s there has been an unprecedented advancement of computer and digital signal processing (DSP) technology. Spawned by the introduction of personal computers and the compact disk, the electronic tools now exist to recreate the quality of real acoustic spaces, to create virtual rooms if you like.
When Johann Wolfgang von Goethe called architecture “frozen music“, he must have been thinking of the great concert halls of Europe. These halls serve as performance venues for classical instrumental music as well as operas, choral works and ballets.
When designing a conference hall or a cinema one of the most important considerations is the quality of the sound. Even the most modern and beautiful halls cannot make a good impression on their audience if the quality of the sound is not desirable.
Walking into a hotel lobby is like shaking the hand of someone you just met. It’s all about the first impression. Just like people, hotel lobbies embody distinct personalities. A lobby can be aloof, inviting, intimidating, or unbelievably cool.
The conference room design should be such that it promotes comfort, reflection and focus on users sitting in the room. The conference room wall treatment determines the look and feel of the conference room to a large extent. The walls and wall panels you use for the conference room design will depend on the level of privacy and other specifics required.
Among the most important design aspects for a conference room is the flooring. Floors decide the look of the room. While there are many options for flooring, there are only a few of them that can suit the conference rooms. Here are a few flooring ideas meant for conference rooms.
The conference room is an important space in the office design as this is where meetings and seminars take place, and decisions are made. While planning the conference room design, there are a few things that must be kept in mind.
The conference room is an important space in the office design, as this is where the official meetings take place, teams are addressed, and managers gather for strategy making. Therefore, providing comfortable office furniture for the conference room is important. There are many office chairs that can be used in the conference room. Some options are discussed below. Read More
A conference room need not be a large room with just a conference table at the center and a few chairs around. There are many conference room layouts which can give different looks to the conference rooms. Each one is meant for different purposes and interactions with audience. Here are few such conference room layouts.
An acoustic panel is material that controls the sound or noise level in a room. These panels reduce or absorb the sounds that echo, reflect or reverberate in a room or studio, thus improving the sound quality for listening or recording. Acoustic panels are available in different types, such as wall panels, ceiling panels and door panels.
I recently had about 50 folks over for a party. Upon entering my home, the first thing they saw is the large screening room. Most of my guests had never seen a video projector in ahome theater setting before.
PVC conduits are a popular type of electrical conduit used for above ground and underground applications. These electrical conduits are made of high quality PVC and are flexible in nature. The pipes have high electrical strength, impact resistance, tensile strength. These conduits are available in different sizes with diameters ranging from 1/2″ to 6″.
In the current modern world security has turned to the number one concern on every one’s mind. With the developments in technology over the past few years security systems are more advanced than ever and the latest trends in security systems include automated gates.
It has long been known in audio circles that sound system performance in a closed space heavily depends on the acoustics of that particular space. The acoustics of that space depends in large part on the geometry of the room, materials, physical obstructions, and special design features.
The acoustic goals of a multi-purpose auditorium vary by the type of event being performed. Speech during lectures, meetings and drama performances needs to be loud, intelligible and intimate. Music needs to be full, reverberant, clear and enveloping. There needs to be uniformity across the seating areas, tonal balance and freedom from anomalies such as echoes and flutter. Loud acoustic events such as band concerts and amplified events need to be well controlled, especially in the low pitches.
Background noise is all the sounds one hears when the lecturer is not saying something. There are three types of background noise. Just sit and listen in most any meeting space and you can distinguish operational system noise, intruding outside noise and self-generated audience noise. In order to achieve a strong signal to background noise, the background noise has to be reduced to as quiet as possible.
Let’s start with the basics. The architect designs a great looking and comfortable auditorium. The sound contractor installs a great looking sound system. The people attend the grand opening and are impressed with what they see, but they have gathered for more than a dazzling display of architecture, lighting, electronics, carpets, glass, surface textures and paint.
There are some common words and abbreviations you may encounter when reading about the sound quality of a conference hall, auditorium, etc., and soundproofing products which you may have no idea what they exactly convey.