Room acoustic aspects of some recently opened pop venues

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Margriet Lautenbach

Peutz bv.

Tuesday 2 june, 2015, 17:20 - 17:40

0.9 Athens (118)

In 2014 Peutz could enjoy the opening of four new pop venues: Hedon in Zwolle, Doornroosje in Nijmegen, Grenswerk in Venlo and Volkswagen Arena in Istanbul. Although very different in size and shape, ranging from 550 up to a 5.800 capacity hall, they all share the common design challenges of very high sound insulations. In all situations dwellings are very close by. In Istanbul the distance to the dwellings on itself was not as critical as for the other three venues, but the sound insulation of the hall had to be combined with earthquake solutions: the roof is constructed on 60 cm large elastomeric bearings in order to be able to move 45 cm in all horizontal directions during earthquakes. From Hedon to Grenswerk to Doornroosje, the proximity of dwellings closes in, with the ultimate challenge of houses on the roof of the pop venue at Doornroosje. In Venlo not only dwellings, but also the sound recording studio, just below the hall floor, set the demands for the sound insulation. In this paper the specific solutions with which the requirements were realized will be presented: dilations, mass spring systems, box-in-boxes and lots of concrete. As the total constructions involve the solutions for a room acoustic response that fits the need for amplified music, this aspect will be shortly discussed as well.

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