Trinity College

▷ Year: Ongoing
▷ Location: Oxford, UK
▷ Client: Trinity College Oxford
▷ Architect: Adam Architects

This auditorium rests within a new mixed-use residential building. The brief requested a 150 seat chamber and choral hall with very high acoustic standards for instrumental and choral music. It must also work for lectures, conferences and drama.

A very high standard of acoustic separation would be needed for the rest of the building.
To achieve the necessary volume, the auditorium floor was set at basement level.

This suggested an adaptable acoustic and a compact motorised Varisorber system was accepted.

The acoustic model, with no other fixed treatment and the Varisorbers closed, showed that an excellent chamber music acoustic would be achieved.

All of the critical parameters confirmed this.

A coffered ceiling and a sound diffusing wall behind the stage contributed to excellent listening conditions.

In the speech mode, intelligibility was very good, using a line array loudspeaker system.