“Skaņas garša” Milānā

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“Tasting sound” is a project at Politecnico di Milano that has been developed within the research line “advanced acoustic ecology.” The idea comes from the research on spaces for food. It has demonstrated that bad sound conditions can affect not just the psychological and physiological aspects of the guests, but also the taste of food.

“There are two main approaches to cope with this problem. First, there is the traditional approach. It takes into account only objective acoustic parameters, like reverberation time. Second, there is the holistic approach. This also takes into account the subjective perception of the users,” Andrea Giglio explains. He is project coordinator of “Tasting sound,” an architect and Ph.D. student at Politecnico di Milano.

At first, the project was to refurbish the sound environment in the Leonardo Campus canteen using the holistic approach. But there is a problem with this course of action: It is too time consuming.

“So our idea was to reduce time and develop a good digital workflow between performance and geometries,” Andrea Giglio explains.

Digitalising the space

The first stage of the project was to digitalise the space with the help of a customised algorithm. The algorithm helped to create a cause and effect linking geometry characteristics, acoustic performance and sound perception, all in the same digital model.

“It allowed us to define a catalogue of possible solutions in terms of acoustic requirements, human perception and the esthetic and mounting aspects. From more than 20 solutions we were able to choose one, thanks to the algorithm.”

Questionnaire for the subjective parameters

To collect the subjective perception, Andrea and the research team conducted a survey containing 30 questions. The parameters used was the level of satisfaction of several factors like:

  • sound environment
  • seats availability
  • quality of lighting
  • canteen location
  • possibility to have private conversation
  • the furniture
  • the cleanliness
  • possibility to control the temperature
  • the air circulation in the dining area.

“We were able to create different profiles among the users based on the sound perception sensitivity, from low to high sensitivity. It allowed us to locate where in the canteen the perception was satisfying, and identify the main annoying sound sources,” Andrea says.

Control with stand-alone acoustic panels

The acoustic refurbishment consisted not only of replacing the acoustic panels of the suspended ceiling in a conventional grid design. The team also juxtaposed some stand-alone panels, mounted on the ceiling at four different distances. This created not only a dynamic esthetics of the space, but also allowed to control the acoustics in different ways. The number of panels near the main annoying sound sources, like the kitchen, could be increased this way.

“With this intervention we were able to decrease the reverberation time up to 50% at 500 hertz,” Andrea states.


Izrādījās, ka pirms akustiskās vides uzlabošanas skaņas apstākļi bija sliktākais faktors, bet pārtikas kvalitāte - otrs sliktākais faktors. Pēc tam šie divi parametri ievērojami uzlabojās.

More satisfying on all parameters

The survey was conducted both before and after the refurbishment. The result speaks for itself. The level of satisfaction increased on all parameters.

  • 70% lietotāju norādīja, ka jaunajai videi ir ļoti augsta kvalitāte, arī runas saprotamības ziņā.
  • Skaņas apmierinātības līmenis palielinājās līdz 50%.
  • Cilvēki, kas sēdēja pie viena galda, varēja viens otru labāk saprast. Pirms remonta viesi labprātāk sēdēja tālāk no virtuves zonas. Pēc tam šī zona bija tikpat iecienīta kā jebkura cita ēdnīcas zona.

“It came out that before the intervention, the sound conditions were the worst factor and the food quality the second worst. After, these two parameters increased its standings a lot,” Andrea Giglio points out.

Demonstrably, some good quality acoustic panels made the food taste delicious. So, if you will ever eat at the Leonardo Campus canteen in Milan and give the kitchen your compliments after the meal, don’t be surprised if the chef will answer you “Oh – that’s just the taste of sound!”


Text: Lars Wirtén


Footnote: The ceiling of the Leonardo Campus canteen was refurbished with Ecophon Solo and Hygiene panels.