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Parametric Acoustic Surfaces

This was a collaborative project by Brady Peters of the Royal Danish Academy and Martin Tamke of the Center for Information Technology and Architecture. The primary goals of this project were the creation of parametric models that adjust their geometry to effect acoustic performance, and the manufacture of acoustically active structures using digital fabrication techniques.

Through the assemblage of different types of acoustically modulating elements, they were able to create a labryinth of audio sensory environments. The project was designed as a wall dividing a space, on either side of which existed two different materials, and two different acoustic conditions. By modifying the geometry of the wall, a sound focusing element is created thus creating a zone of amplified sound intensity. The modulation of material properties of the surface from one condition to another creates a gradient of acoustic performance from one space to another.

This exploration in architectural acoustic engineering directly relates to the Neihoff Studio project in that it seeks to remedy multiple acoustic conditions within a single space. The technology is flexible and can be reconfigured to fit a variety f needs. Additionally, the design of the partitions proposed in this project introduces a dynamic thread that would integrate well with the functions of the space.


  1. 05 Jesse Larkins

    Applying this concept to Neihoff Studio is quite functional as it may adapt several acoustical needs within a single space. I’m thinking as Craig Moyer mentioned, a major problem within the space is keeping noise flow from larger events to those of the working areas. In other words, I could imagine this approach allowing larger programs to function individually from smaller, more private events within the Studio.