In this line; the present work aims to determine the conceptual structure employed by the users when evaluating a music hall. This study also pursued analyzing whether architectural variables have an influence on the perceived acoustic quality and vice-versa.
To achieve these goals; a previous research was conducted in 17 venues of the Valencian Region using Semantic Differential within the frame of Kansei Engineering. A sample of 221 users classified as “non-experts” (neither musicians; nor acousticians or architects; nor people related professionally to concert halls) participated in this experience evaluating the architectural and acoustic quality of these venues.
Results showed that; from a conceptual perspective; the users clearly differentiated the acoustic variables from the architectural ones. Nevertheless; it was observed that architecture influenced the perceived acoustic quality and vice-versa. Thus; regression models were obtained and tested to measure the perception of acoustic and architecture quality. These results may be interesting to enable optimization of design features of future music halls.
Keywords: Music hall; acoustics; architecture; perception; non-experts