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Master's Theses

The sound of rooms

Sound Design as atmospheric means of design in interior architecture

Sound as an attribute of a space is generally ignored as an integral and important part of the interior and architectural design practices. Mostly regarded as unwanted, they are curtailed through the use of various advanced technology and techniques in the field of soundproofing and sound insulating in building designing. In the process of this, a designer always regards sound as a liner element and terms it as noise. This makes him unobservant towards the other aspects of sound as an element in space design.

This thesis attempts to look at sound as an integral and constructive part of design in the realm of interior design. An attempt has been made to study sound as a reinforcing element in enhancing the sense of association of the space to its end users. In other sectors, configuration products with respect to sound editing have long been an inherent part of the design process. On one hand this thesis focuses on the listener with respect to his well-being, orientation, memory and connotation and the physical properties of sound. On the other hand, there is a focus on the active sound design of products, sound editing in movies and also on sound as a design tool in architecture and art.

In the breakdown of these topics, a „Sound script“ was developed which can be used as a guideline in interior design and offers a new approach to dealing with sound editing. In using this guideline,  the interior designer becomes a director of sounds. He analyses the sound environment, uses the given tools, arranges the set and develops the ambient sound with respect to the requirements of the listener. The purpose is to create a sound atmosphere which can be perceived consciously or unconsciously by the listener. Furthermore, on the basis of the „Sound script“ scenarios were developed which pay respect to sound as an atmospheric design tool.


Teresa Restle, IMIAD Alumna summer semester 2016