This week, we sat down with Willem Boning, Acoustics Consultant at Arup’s New York City SoundLab, to uncover the complex relationship between architecture and acoustical treatments. The lesson: Architects must rethink the way that they approach acoustics.
Rather than selecting an acoustical treatment for its finish, architects must broadly and conceptually think about how they want a space to sound and feel. “What excites the Arup SoundLab is to be able to work with an architect or owner to design the sound of a space, not just make it quiet or prevent problems,” Boning said. Should it buzz with excitement or induce serenity so that individuals may independently and quietly work? Seek to tell a narrative with your sound; that’s when Arup’s acousticians can really step in and help.