What might be possible if sound were brought central—along with light, material, and space—to the practice of interior design? In the built environment, sound has physical, social, navigational, aesthetic, communicative, associative, and phenomenological dimensions. These are also the qualities that constitute the substance of interior design. The profession, however, instead of engaging with sound, has largely concerned itself with suppressing or ignoring it.
With the belief that there is much to gain from reconsidering this condition, this thesis explores how the interior designer might shape the way we live with sound. The inquiry is carried out through the redesign of a two-story, live-work loft at Broadway and 71st Street in New York City.
Thesis Advisor: Peter Wheelwright