October 29, 2015 | Written by: Jonah Sacks, with Robert William Wolff and Ioana Pieleanu

Quiet Auditoriums: Why and How to Strive for It on Budget- and Site-Constrained Projects

Quiet background noise conditions are an essential feature of high quality performance spaces, and achieving quiet conditions is a central goal of the design of all performance rooms. However, many designers reserve the lowest noise goals for well-funded projects, and accept higher noise as inevitable for lower cost projects.
This paper presents conclusions from a series of research studies that highlight the importance and benefit of very low levels of background noise in performance spaces; these studies have been reported previously in greater detail. This paper presents two new cases studies of performance venues designed and built with modest budgets and achieving very low noise.

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