Performance Space Designs that Deserve a Standing Ovation

These projects show the many ways to approach acoustic design challenges.
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This course is part of the Acoustics Academy

This course is part of the Acoustics Academy

Below are a set of links to building type studies from Architectural Record, which are in-depth analyses of particular kinds of buildings, with photos, drawings, specifications, detailed descriptions, and design solutions. Click on each link below, read the article then complete the quiz to earn your credit and certificate of completion.

These projects demonstrate the wide range of solutions available to tackle the acoustic challenges or requirements of project. From traditional performance spaces to modern workplaces, learn the benefits of focusing on acoustics.

Linde Center for Music and Learning by William Rawn Associates
The 24,000-square-foot Linde Center project, Tanglewood’s first major construction in 25 years, focused on acoustics and a desire for the simple forms characteristic of this cultural icon.
Beth Broome

National Sawdust
This experimental writing, recording and performance space in an old brick warehouse chose box-in-box construction, created based on extensive computer modeling and meticulous acoustic testing.
Anna Fixsen

Ruth Caplin Theatre, University of Virginia
Learn about the unique approach—using glass—taken by designers to control and enhance the acoustics in this 5,500 square foot, semicircular room.
Joann Gonchar

Perkins+Will Crafts Noise-Control Spaces for ASID Headquarters
Noise-control strategies were as important to this project as the layout and a crucial component in achieving the WELL Building Standard.
Sheila Kim

Standing Ovation
Highlighted in this article are three international venues created with an ear toward acoustics and attention to the audience experience.
Ashleigh VanHouten

Andermatt Concert Hall by Studio Seilern Architects Opens in Switzerland
Beyond the windowless box of most concert halls, this project’s extensive glazing allows for panoramic views, while cloud-like acoustic reflectors on the ceiling also function as art.
Sheila Kim

Performance Space

Photo @ Robert Benson

Originally published in December 2019