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Contrary to the visual impression that Architecture causes on humans, Sound has radically opposed features, starting by its invisibility. This "visual inexistance" doesn't imply that we should disregard it in Architecture. In fact, its mere inmaterial presence should make us be alert, suspiciously, before its power.

It was just 100 years ago that humans couldn't calculate reverberation time for a certain space during its design, until Wallace Sabine created the first mathematical formula that -more or less- seemed to achieve its objective. Nevertheless, we're all aware of obvious examples of concert halls and theatres that didn't use mathematical formulas as a starting point to design the placing of materials in a room in order to obtain a good acoustic quality. Some of them are the Scala di Milano, La Fenice or even some of the ancient Greek amphitheatres.

Therefore, many of those who built theatres or concert halls several centuries ago achieved excellent results without much calculation involved. The secret lies in the deep knowledge of the physics of materials, geometry and sound propagation, combined with degree of creativity rather rare to find among cientists and engineers.

The vast majority of auditoriums, theatres and concert halls build nowadays lack a proprietary and characteristic acoustic "physical impression". The usual procedure for most architecture practices is for an architectural design to be sent to an acoustic consultant. The result forces the engineer to do everything in his hands to avoid altering the design, while having to improve the sound quality and save it from total disaster. These spaces can't be acoustic jewels, despite their compliancy with calculations, measures and lawful standards. Much more respect for acoustics is needed: a mutual understanding between those who design the space (architects) and those who provide the most appropriate acoustic solutions.

At TORRUBIANOarquitectura we design spaces considering Acoustics from the earliest stages of the projecting process. Not only are Acoustics important for an auditorium, but with the widespread attraction of Home Cinema systems, residential buildings must also accomplish certain levels of acoustic proficiency in order to enjoy a good sound, while neighbour's rest is not put at risk. The World Health Organization insists on the harmful effects caused by being subject to excessive noise levels, or to low-level but persistant noises. This must be seriously considered. It's a matter of well-being.

The collaboration between Miguel Torrubiano and Xavier Sanchez-Roemmele enables each housing, theatre, museum, concert hall, recording studio or auditorium not only to abide by the law & legislation in Acoustic terms, but also to achieve acoustic excellency in sound insulation and acoustic treatment, thanks to clever constructive solutions, consequential geometry and an experience and philosophy unparallelled by any other existing architectural practice.
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