The Acoustics of the Holy Family Church in Salerno
Keywords:church, acoustic measurements, worship acoustics, sound diffusion, reverberation time
The church of the Holy Family in Salerno (Italy) built in 1971 radically revolutionized the spatial structure of pre-conciliar church building design. The circular stepped geometry of the roof required a complex work with the employment of shipyard workers to come out with a unique geometry. However, such futuristic geometry also resulted in challenging conditions for its acoustics, as they emerged when the construction was completed. In this paper, the results of measurements of the spatial distribution of the acoustic characteristics in this large space are reported. The analysis of the acoustic parameter values confirms the poor acoustic conditions for speech and music listening. With the help of modelling, the authors have investigated possible solutions for the acoustic correction of this modern architecture. This paper reports the conclusions of such a study.
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