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The Importance of Acoustic Design in the Mosques towards the Worshipers’ Comfort

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Architecture - Acoustics


Ahmad Ridzwan Othman
Che Muhammad Harith
Norhati Ibrahim
and Sabarinah Sh Ahmad

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Elsevier Ltd.

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1. Introduction 1.1. Statement of the problem 1.2. Purpose of the study 1.3. Aim and objectives of research 2. Literature review 2.1. Introduction of building acoustic 2.1.1. Speech 2.1.2. Music 2.2. Importance of acoustic design within mosques 2.3. Effect of reverberation time on mosque 2.4. Integration of acoustic design 2.5. Spaces 2.6. Shape 2.7. Material 3. Research methodology 3.1. Case study, Masjid Al-Hussain 3.2. Instruments 3.3. Observation 3.4. Interviews 3.5. Procedure 4. Data analysis and finding 4.1. The case study 4.2. Acoustic design 4.3. Comfort of worshipers 5. Conclusion and recommendation 5.1. Conclusion 5.2. Recommendation


A good acoustic design will provide a better and comfortable environment in the mosque in term of sound audibility and speech intelligibility. Unfortunately, architects nowadays often focus more on designing a building based on its looks or form, and the main function of space most often neglected.

The research has taken place at Masjid Al-Hussain Kuala Perlis. The research approach includes interviews and observations guided by the theory of affordance employed. Although the acoustic design was not that perfect, the acoustic design is still acceptable.

There is a correlation between the acoustic designs of the mosque and the worshipers’ comfort.