Tips to design auditorium combining functionality and aesthetics
Auditoriums exist to provide an ideal integration of functional and aesthetic place: to provide a space in which to be entertained. Despite their origin in the necessity, aesthetics and comfort should not be overlooked when designing these spaces. Users require distinct design elements when frequenting a play, seminar or concert, and a lack of attention to detail can take away from the overall experience.
Following are components to keep in mind when designing an auditorium.
Consider a Tilted Stage
Having a tilted stage in your auditorium makes for an optimized audience experience that deceives the eye into thinking the stage is much deeper than it is, with a restricted perspective. This design choice has the advantage to become an auditorium's unique selling point, but as with all designs, it has its shortcomings.
Firstly, performers and speakers would have to become acclimated to the incline, which might prove more of a hassle for some than others. You can't have too steep a slope either. For instance, this choice won't work in a wraparound audience theatre. For this design, a parallel-seated audience area adjacent to the stage is best. Some of the world's most stunning auditoriums boast tilted stages which make for a unique and eye-catching experience not as common.
Steeper Ascending Seating
All modern auditoriums have rising seating, as it provides the audience with the best view possible. If you choose to have steep ascending seating in your auditorium, each audience member will have an even better view of the stage. The steeper seating also gives the theatre a greater sense of drama, with the seats in front dropping steeply away to reveal the action on stage. Bespoke seating is the best way to achieve this effect both neatly and stylishly.
Shallow Ascending Seating
While you might think of auditoriums and theatres with more shallow seating as being a little less glamorous, it all depends on what is being aired and performed. When it comes to seminars and audience participation, shallowly ascending seating is vastly superior to steeper options which distance the users from the stage.
Shallow seating puts everyone on the same level and is designed to allow for easier communication and conversation. This is not ideal for concert halls or playhouses. The main risk with this design is that it can look less interesting and dramatic than its steeper counterpart.
This effect can be countered with quality bespoke seating that matches the style and character of your building, which can make even the flattest, least dynamic auditorium look more stylish.
Modern or Classical Interior Design
Auditoriums and theatres are subjective and come in infinite shapes and sizes. The plasterwork and gold are lacquering of Baroque and Gothic classic styles that came into the popularity of years ago; as well as the minimalist, industrial styling of small independent auditoriums, simplistic and functional.
No matter what design you decide on for the interior of your auditorium, always consider seating that flows with the greater design. There are plenty of mass-produced seating options that exist, but often bespoke seating provides the best appearance that will match the unique and fascinating style of the auditorium’s interior.
Bespoke seating can be designed, experimented with and built to match the interior that you dream up. There is never any worry that the seats won’t work aesthetically and you know that the rows of seating are going to install perfectly and easily into the curves and ascending areas of the room.
Whatever you do with your auditorium or playhouse, remember to bear the acoustics of the room in mind. Recruit an expert to give their opinion on the space if possible. You do not want to end up having planned and designed a venue with poor acoustics that echo and prevent guests from experiencing the show.
Word travels fast about the quality of venues, auditoriums, and theatres with terrible sound, which can result in a negative impact on the theatre’s business.