Acoustical evaluation of shopping mall typology

Çalışkan, Ekrem Bahadır
Acoustic design of shopping malls which have become very popular in recent years, has gained importance and it has been considered as an integral part of the design – construction and life cycle treatment of such complex – functional buildings. In this study, acoustic qualities of shopping malls are to be inquired by focusing on circulation areas and atrium spaces where noise is one of major disturbances. In this context, first taxonomy of shopping malls regarding their geometrical forms is to be proposed together with plan layouts, construction materials and spatial organizations. Then some of these malls in representing major characteristics of the each class in the taxonomy are to be acoustically analyzed and compared with standards by aiming to provide some guiding principles for acoustical design of such spaces.