A concert hall that can adjust its acoustics

Every performance is different, every instrument projects differently, and every concert hall or theater is a compromise between what could sound phenomenal and what will sound good on average based on different types of performances.

Computers are regularly used to design acoustic spaces – what if they could dynamically alter a space based on what would sound best for a performance?

Well, design firm RVTR has collaborated with engineers and musicians to construct a large transforming roof that can change based on the acoustic requirements.

Using a design that much resembles origami, triangular panels of bamboo, plywood and ploypropylyne are driven by actuators to shift into shapes.  The real goal if for the system to be completely automatic, to measure and respond to acoustic needs based on calculated reflections, all in real time.

The goal is not ‘perfect’ acoustics, but rather variable acoustics for different applications.  To enable a single venue to provide ideal conditions for a range of music performance and audience configurations would be fantastic.

At this point the system is still a prototype, but they are next hoping to scale it with the goal of creating a 1,000-square-foot installation.  See it in action here: