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Ambient topologies in the museum route (light, sound, and thermal): the method of analysis and visualization.

Saraoui, Selma; Belakehal, Azeddine; Attar, Abdelghani; Bennadji, Amar


Selma Saraoui

Azeddine Belakehal

Abdelghani Attar

Amar Bennadji


Defining architectural space comes with multiple and diverse aspects. Our theoretical reflection aims at establishing the base for a new definition, in the sense that theoretical topology, like geometry, is an effective means to define the form of architectural spatiality based on the notion of ambiences. Topological definitions already developed by several renowned architects allow us to build a better understanding of route and sequence and thereby help the development of our analytical model. This research is focused on the museum, which is a public-facing architectural construction. According to the approach, thirty European museums were examined. The data collected for these museums were statistically analysed. Based, on the ambience discontinuities, the sequential analysis allowed us to create ambient topologies by transforming them into ambient events that are linked to the displacement of the user in connection with ambiance change. We endeavor to develop a micro study to reflect on the interaction between different environmental sources as a means to comprehend the influence on the future spatial-energetic behavior. This study lays the groundwork for a novel approach of defining architectural space based on differences in users’ perceptions and the environment of a given space.


SARAOUI, S., BELAKEHAL, A., ATTAR, A. and BENNADJI, A. 2022. Ambient topologies in the museum route (light, sound, and thermal): the method of analysis and visualization. Museum management and curatorship [online], Latest Articles. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 3, 2022
Online Publication Date Oct 17, 2022
Deposit Date Oct 28, 2022
Publicly Available Date Apr 18, 2024
Journal Museum management and curatorship
Print ISSN 0964-7775
Electronic ISSN 1872-9185
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Topology; Sequences; Route; Ambiences; Museum; Light; Sound; Thermal
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