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    Quizzical Pursuit
    —The Architecture Puzzler

    Created by Dave Guadagni

    Solution to Last Week's Puzzler
    Architecture Puzzler #327

    Question

    We are all familiar with the term "spaciousness" as describing a spatial quality. In designing a performance space for classical music, this word also describes an acoustic quality. Please define "spaciousness" as an acoustic quality and explain how it relates to spaciousness in the spatial sense.

    Answer

    Because our ears are on opposite sides of our heads, we receive sound signals slightly differently in each ear. This allows a listener to hear an acoustic quality called "spaciousness." Diffusion of sound in a performance hall can be enhanced by angled wall surfaces and protrusions that can enhance the acoustic experience of "spaciousness."
     


     

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    Dave Guadagni, AIA, is an architect with Robertson/Sherwood/Architects

    Quizzical Pursuit is Copyright 2007, Dave Guadagni.

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    Spacious Gothic cathedral in Cologne, Germany.
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