Noise is part of a lively and vibrant city. Too much noise, however, can lead to annoyance and sleep disturbance, stress and fatigue. Limiting (serious) noise pollution is crucial for a better living environment. In order to enable densification along disruptive noise sources like a highway, we conducted an extensive study of noise protection measures in the built environment for the municipality of Rotterdam. In a report, we have categorized, described and visualized the different types of measures. Eight different situations were virtually calculated by acoustic engineering firm Bureau dB. The study showed that connecting the buildings along the highway with recessed intermediate sound barriers up to 25 meters high is the most effective solution.
The sound barriers can serve not only as a barrier; by adding an extra function to the screens, they acquire an identity of their own and become meaningful. A space that can be used or arranged by the residents themselves, such as a greenhouse. Sounds barriers as vertical horticulture, changing color with every seasons. This new and innovative concept can serve as a visual feature for new urban developments along noise sources.
Program Design study sound proof measurements
Location Rotterdam, NL
Team Keizer Koopmans
Client Municipality of Rotterdam
Images Keizer Koopmans