Generative Processes in Architecture and Urbanism

AudioLounge 2008

AA Open Week Workshop, October 2008

AA’s Digital Prototyping Lab and AA Independent Radio (AAIR) organized the ‘AudioLounge’ workshop in October 2008.
Led by Jeroen van Ameijde and Umberto Bellardi Ricci, students from all parts of the school participated in the collaborative design and production of a piece of furniture incorporating sound. The project involved the use of complex geometries and CNC machining to fabricate a working 1:1 prototype.

AudioLounge is based on different sound types and the morphologies related to these. Three principle spaces were created to provide different sound experiences: a seated space for playing music, a cave-like enclosure for interactive sounds and a shielded listening position for interviews and documentaries.

Design Strategy
After an intensive one day charette and a session with an expert from Arup Acoustics, the design was conceived in consideration to various ergonomic and acoustic scenarios. The merging of different shapes and configurations were considered inÿrelation to sound reflection and absorption as well as the application of finishing surfaces.

Fabrication Process
The prototype was fabricated out of polystyrene sheets milled by the DPL’s big CNC machine, using contouring toolpath operations that optimise machining time and add a layered surface articulation to the finished piece.

The AudioLounge was on display in the AA bar from the 16th to 30th of January 2009.

Design Team:
Jeroen van Ameijde, AA DPL
Umberto Bellardi Ricci, AAIR
Shin-Jae Bahk, Inter 9
Monika Choudhary, SED
Viktoria Lytra, SED
Fabrizio Mattillana, Dip 2
Sanaa Shaikh, Dip 7
Ioanna Symeonidou, EmTech
Yi Ling Wong, Dip 7

With special thanks to:
Luca Dellatorre (Arup Acoustics)
CORDEK Ltd, sponsor of the polystyrene material