More than 40 years after engineering the Sydney Opera House, the interdisciplinary firm Arup is fine-tuning architectural sound performance with the latest modeling technology, reports principal Raj Patel. The U.S. Courthouse for the District of Utah, in Salt Lake City, was designed using Arup’s SoundLab, in which recordings are utilized to create an aural rendering of a room’s acoustics. “From the moment of creation to the moment of perception, sound is augmented and transformed by the shapes, forms, volumes, and materials around us,” says Raj Patel, Principal and Global Leader of Acoustics at Arup.
Ateenan Aamu Glass Wind Chimes by Kaj Franck for Iittala
Finnish for “Morning in Athens,” these delicate, mouth-blown pendants create a soft, enchanting sound when they strike one another.
Portable Transistor Radio and Phonograph by Dieter Rams for Braun
With a compact, rectilinear body, Rams’s 1959 Functionalist design heralded the now-ubiquitous notion of personal music on-the-go.
9091 Kettle by Richard Sapper for Alessi
Subverting the anxiety-inducing noise produced by typical kettles, Sapper’s 1983 design includes a brass whistle that emanates a harmonic pitch.