Design concept for noise barriers

Lower Austria, AT

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The “brown signs” as tourist signposts were developed in France in the middle of the 1970s, and rapidly spread into German-speaking countries.

They are intended to draw drivers’ attention to tourist attractions or regional features. However, in many locations the view of these cultural attractions has been obstructed by kilometre-long noise barriers.

The concept suggested by Christ.Christ. recognises the potentials inherent in serially-produced noise barriers. Through targeted surface processing, visual spatial references are generated at sections with special features, without having an adverse effect on the noise barrier.

New creative margins and situation-specific solutions lie in the links with the landscape and culture features of the respective region, which at the same time counteract unwanted monotony on the roads.

By leaving out partial areas of the horizontal corrugated structure, relief-type images are generated, cast by shadows. The noise barrier becomes an information medium; a tourist signpost, and thus strongly links the road with its surroundings. Through this simple measure, an object hitherto perceived as negative thus becomes a connecting element with a positive effect.

  • Location
    Lower Austria | AT
  • Year
  • Typology
    Transport / Infrastructure
  • Status
  • Awarding Authority
    Autobahnen- und Schnellstraßen-Finanzierungs-AG I Vienna I Austria
  • Procedure Type
    International Open Competition
  • Team
    Roger Christ I Julia Christ I Sascha Daum I Costa Krautwald
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