Sonic Dreams is a a unique project which showcases cutting edge research on the auralisation of three dimensional space and originally opened in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival. The installation in St Andrews Square, Edinburgh, is a collaboration between Arup’s Soundlab team, the Cryptic theatre group and 7N Architects who designed the pavilion. It will take visitors into a 3D acoustic experience and transport them on a fantastical journey of sound centred on four diverse dreams including a jungle, the city of Amsterdam and a rock concert.
7N developed the concept for the Sonic Dreams pavilion to capture the essence of its unique 3-D soundscape. A mysterious enclosure hints at the extraordinary sensory experience when the visitor steps from the familiarity of St Andrews’ Square into an environment entirely defined by sound. SoundLab® is an auralisation tool designed by Arup that allows clients, architects, engineers and musicians to hear how different spaces perform acoustically and how architectural form shapes sound quality. It is used to optimise the design of everything from train stations, sports stadia and airport terminals to concert halls, museums and office buildings.