Reflections & reverb

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Roake-Barefoot, Brett
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Master of Architecture (Professional)
Unitec Institute of Technology
McPherson, Peter
Budgett, Jeanette
Masters Dissertation
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Hargreaves Street (Saint Mary's Bay, Auckland, N.Z.)
Saint Mary's Bay (Auckland, N.Z.)
Auckland (N.Z.)
concert halls
New Zealand
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Roake-Barefoot, B. (2014). Reflections & reverb. An unpublished research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional), Unitec Institute of Technology.
Our senses deliver us information as to the nature of our environment, allowing us a complete understanding of our surroundings. Architecture is traditionally considered a visual concern, however as Juhani Pallasmaa argues, the suppression of our tactile, olfactory and auditory senses have brought on the destitution of our built environment. This project investigates the quantifiable nature of acoustical design within musical performance spaces through analysis of traditional typologies. Site: 17 Hargreaves Street, St. Mary's Bay, Auckland, New Zealand The site selected for the project is located in St Marys bay, nestled between Ponsonby and Freeman’s Bay. This site has a position of prominence over the surrounding areas along with views of the surrounding city and waterfront. The concert hall will extend the rich musical heritage of Ponsonby, Freemans Bay and St Marys Bay that has been apparent since the 1850s, to provide a new venue specifically for musical performances from both professional and non-professional orchestras including international performers. “The basic form of a theatre calls for close discussion between architect [and] acoustician… the integration of architectural acoustical and theatrical concepts is the seed of excellence”. The intention of the design is to provide a comfortable, intimate space for a symphonic performance, that efficiently moves the audience throughout the building during all phases: pre-performance, intermission and post performance.
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