What is Architectural Acoustics?
Architectural Acoustics is the science and engineering of achieving good sound within a building. It is the interaction between people and sound - both indoors and outdoors. It includes the study of homes and buildings and the design of these structures for optimal acoustic performance.
We posed a few simple questions to our panelists Jasper Spigt and Camilla Casiccia. Jasper is an architect and partner at architecten Van Mourik. He designs for interiors and urban spaces, keeping the environment and society in mind. Camilla is an interior architect at architecten Van Mourik. Hear them share their experience.
Is it possible to design a building or interior for all our 5 senses?
Definitely, it is possible to design a space for all the senses. Primarily, we design for sight, as it is the most appealing. Stimulating some of the other senses, such as through tactile experiences, acoustics, and warmth, always play a secondary role in creating a favourable mood for a given space. However, the sense of smell isn’t at the forefront of your mind during the design process.
Although the sensory aspects are important, we work on the overall experience and atmosphere of the space. The five senses are the underlying factors that designers consider, but the emotions that the space evokes is a combination of these, which we usually refer to as the sixth sense. Jasper says: “designers usually have this sixth sense and can compose it delicately.”
Ultimately, it’s true that unique spaces are a unique combination of the five senses.