Assignment/ Design Academy Eindhoven
Teacher/ Helen de Leur
Shape & material are the most influencial aspects in acoustics, but most existing acoustic objects try to blend into the environment and pretend to be part of the walls or the ceiling.
This concept is about making the acoustics as visual as possible, playing with the shapes and materials that influence it.
I developed 4 acoustic materials for "nests" standing in the waiting areas of an airport.
A half-sphere made out of concrete is the base of the objects: absorbing sound on the inside and reflecting it on the outside. Following that rule, the standing objects in the space will be double sided: the inside is made from a soft, simple, structured, absorbing material, contrasting with the hard, smooth, colorful and reflecting outside. In this way, different acoustic atmospheres will be created in the space, surprising the people walking through it, inviting them to stop and crawl into the little nests.