Comfortable Acoustics For Multi-Use Community Spaces
Whether old, or newly designed; village halls and community centres often have severe acoustic issues related to design. Traditionally, these spaces were used for theatre, oratory performances, and community meetings. As these spaces were refurbished with time, absorptive materials such as curtains and carpet were replaced with hard, reflective surfaces that are easily cleaned – such as hard wooden floors. The multi-purpose nature of village halls, however, expanded to include activities such as yoga, concerts and fetes. This meant that these spaces were not able to be tailored in design to each of these activities, and the open, hollow nature of halls remains.
The result is usually poor village hall acoustics – high reverberation times compounded by large social gatherings; creating hollow echo chambers.