Alfredo De Vido | Architects
Ford Auditorium Renovation - Detroit, Michigan
Over the years, acoustic deficiencies in Detroit's Henry and Edsel Ford Auditorium came to include lack of volume, poor bass response, and poor overall sound quality. The architects and their acoustical consultant proposed an interior renovation that would improve the hall's acoustics, and showed how it could be accomplished over a three-year period.

The recommendations were that the interior finishes be removed to expand the building's volume to the outer walls and roof, and that a lattice of metal tubes be inserted within this volume to screen the existing columns, beams, and mechanical equipment while permitting sound to pass through.

The design also involved moving to orchestra forward into the audience for greater immediacy, and constructing a new shell and other reflective surfaces which would be sufficiently dense to develop good sound quality.
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