I am glad you have good sound there, sincerely, but if I had to sit in that uninviting space to enjoy it I'd likely stay home.
That's exactly what they are talking about. One of the great halls in the world, Vienna's Musikverein is the model and hard to beat. Despite all the mathematics and computers and technology of the 20th c, those old designers in a pre-tech era figured out how to make a hall sound great. It's not just the dimensions, but the material, too. Despite attempts at different shapes, acousticians finally realized that the shoebox is a great way to start. The Philharmonie wanted to break the mould, but it was (and still is) a troublesome place. Royal Albert Hall is horrible for live music and it's about as far from the shoebox as you can get. There are a number of recent designs that went back to the shoebox with great results, such as they have in Seattle and Dallas. I play regularly in the Mesa Arts Center and it follows that model. Boston has one of the great halls anywhere and the Harvard professor who designed it started out with the shoebox but applied a lot of math and physics to improve it even more. The results were incredible.@orquesta tipica
Can somebody explain to me, what the "shoebox design" is ? The shoeboxes I know are rectangular, but I assume it's not what people mean when they discuss acoustic.