Sometimes your well-being depends on your home’s or office’s features, meaning it’s important for yourself to have the most suitable atmosphere in order to live and work. Studies show us how the acoustics of a space can have a major influence on our behavior and way of living.
An acoustic engineer from the University of Salford, Manchester, Trevor Cox, stated the way we listen to buildings, meaning the sound that could come from a building, is defined as aural architecture, and it’s very important how we react to it. Meaning this time, what we hear it’s more valuable than what we see, because, he explained, our ears are continuously selecting information from our traveling that unconsciously modifies our state of being.
But the fact that the buildings emit no sound, it doesn’t mean that we cannot hear an empty room. Let’s imagine a building has its ceilings lower than usual, you will get already an ‘image’ of this, and figure it out where its walls are, simply by the way sound reflects off these sides. Now, we think at an echoing noise the clack of heels realize it on a marble floor and then we imagine something else like the fumbled stuffing from someone walking on a thick carpet. How do we feel about it?
On the other hand, we probably encountered some bad sounds, too, when we entered in a building. Imagine noisy offices because of their lousy telephones or a old house that crack under any circumstance under your own feet. Airports as well, maybe train stations, too, or somewhere with a big crowd. The feeling we get from things like these is not pleasant at all, we find ourselves feeling a little bit uneasy and anxious.
Buildings always must be besides many things, acoustically perfect, meaning satisfying, too. Loud houses and offices, for example, have the tendency to get people more mad than usual, studies showed, fact that is prone to be a reason why people get anxiety or depression. On the other hand, houses with airy spaces help people feel more deliberate and calm.
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