Architecture and acoustics: An improved design process using integrated hybrid room acoustic simulations

Finnur Kári Pind Jörgensson

Background: Acoustics are a major part of modern building design. They have a direct influence on the well-being of the people that occupy the building, on productivity and on the ability to communicate. However, architectural design is usually performed without much regard for the acoustics, especially in the early design stages. Instead, the acoustics are mostly addressed after the architectural design is more or less complete. This is a problematic approach, which often results in either poor acoustics, expensive solutions or changes to the design that do not conform with the architects initial aesthetic vision.

Project: The objective of this project is to research and develop simulation tools and methodologies that will be used at Henning Larsen Architects for incorporating acoustics into the architectural design process. The primary focus will be on developing a room acoustics simulation tool that will be integrated into the drawing software used by HLA, for seamless evaluation of the room acoustics at any design stage. The simulation tool will use state-of-the-art room acoustical simulation algorithms that will be researched and developed during the project (a hybrid combination of the wave-based and geometrical simulation methods).

Perspective: Hopefully the improved design process will result in higher quality buildings with healthier indoor environments.

Supervisors: Cheol-Ho Jeong (DTU, Acoustic Technology), Allan P. Engsig-Karup (DTU, Compute) and Jakob Strømann-Andersen (Henning Larsen Architects).



Finnur Kári Pind Jörgensson
DTU Electrical Engineering
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21 OCTOBER 2020