Title page for ETD etd-05282009-162453


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Victor, John Samuel
Author's Email Address jsvictor@vt.edu
URN etd-05282009-162453
Title Interaction of Low Frequency Sound with Glass and other Building Materials in the Design of a Concert Hall for Symphony Orchestra and Choir.
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Ermann, Michael G. Committee Chair
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
Jones, James R. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Music
  • Architectural Acoustics
  • Concert Hall
  • Low Frequency
  • Choir
  • Symphony
  • Orchestra
  • Sound
  • Architecture
  • Interaction
  • Acoustics
Date of Defense 2009-05-05
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
In the world today, Concert Halls for Symphony Orchestra and Choir are generally ‘enclosed performance spaces’ that are completely cut-off from the outside: Whether it’s a time of daylight or moonlight, rain or shine, summer or winter, spring or autumn, the environment within remains the same all the time.

I asked the question: ‘What if a concert hall offers views outside?’

To be more specific, the question is: ‘What if a concert hall offers views outside through the use of glass, along with other building materials, despite the fact that glass offers lower reflectivity and lower transmission loss for lower frequencies of sound, compared to certain other materials?’

Hence the title: Interaction of Low Frequency Sound with Glass and other Building Materials in the Design of a Concert Hall for Symphony Orchestra and Choir.

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