New World Center – Interior
An intimate space, the performance hall is designed to support everything from solo recitals to concerts by the New World Symphony’s full orchestra. According to the orchestra, three key components of the acoustical design are:
1. Room shape – The tall ceiling, rising to approximately 50 feet above the stage, creates the volume required to produce a warm and rich resonance for orchestral music. Small walls have also been positioned to surround the audience in order to ensure the distribution of early reflections to all audience members for greater clarity.
2. Materials – Attention has been paid to the weight and surface of the acoustic baffles (architectural pieces jutting out from the walls and ceiling), since they are the most important elements for reflecting bass tones and creating warmth. The ceiling baffle surfaces are coated with a very thin layer of soft material to temper the tonal quality of high frequencies, and micro-shaping has been applied to the main walls surrounding the inner audience and the stage area in order to provide an even and diffuse sound to the entire auditorium.
3. Noise Control – The performance hall’s mechanical system is designed to produce no discernible background noise, creating the acoustic rating of NC15. (The typical interior room of a home or office has a noise criterion rating of NC20-NC35.)
(© Rui Dias-Adios)