Project: Apartments adjacent motorways (sound disturbances); precedents or methods?


Hi all, I'm part of a student group designing a residential complex on a site literally encircled by three raised freeways (about 5m above ground), so we're scratching our heads about how to create spaces that let in views and southern light and repel the inherent ambient sound that comes with the site. I'm wondering if anyone could recommend precedent projects or studies that deal with this, or perhaps general approaches for this design criteria. Thanks! :D

Jun 22, 18 6:36 am

recommend precedent projects or studies that deal with this, or perhaps general approaches for this design criteria

Translation:  Is there something we can plagiarize, or can you just kind of do the heavy thinking for us so that we future creative designers can get a good grade.

Jun 22, 18 7:18 am
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I think that the target market for such terrible location will not be able to afford whatever clever design shenanigans are necessary to make that land livable.

Oh wait, this is for school, never mind then, reality does not matter.  Use a series of nested floating slabs and convert the noise into green energy in between each resilient layer.  Also consider lining the perimeter with shipping containers.

Jun 22, 18 8:20 am

There are a lot of precedents, not just adjacent to roads but to trains as well.  Look at the IIT student center as on example that is widely published.

In Chicago this is  a common problem, some ways to mitigate the sound problems:  

Locate uses that are not negatively impacted by noise closest in plan and in section to the roads. For example parking garages, tenant storage, egress stairs, but do not locate HVAC intakes at this location as you will be sucking fumes into your building. 

Heavy mass can absorb the sound and vibrations.

Another strategy is to move as much of your building above and or away from the source of noise and pollution getting as much distance as possible from the noise, maybe even having a clear floor like the Pirelli building New Haven where the roads are located and shifting the residential units up a floor or two past the road.

Having windows that do not open on the facade that faces the roads also would cut down on noise and pollution entering the building but may not be possible with some residential codes.

The problems you need to mitigate are not just noise, but vibrations, pollution and dirt depositing on your building.   

This is encouraging that architecture studios are giving you some real world problems to deal with instead of an assignment of some museum in the middle of a filed.

Good luck, hope you can post some images of the project here as you work on it.

Over and OUT

Peter N

Jun 22, 18 10:05 am

don't build next to motorways, if not the sound the pollution will surely negatively affect the health of the users/inhabitants, it will take years off people's lives and will give them and their children chronic lung diseases and other health issues.

Jun 22, 18 1:05 pm

High density housing next to highways is not a good idea.  The air pollution levels immediately adjacent to traffic are quite high. The Los Angeles Times did an article about a higher rate of resident health problems observed at dwellings located 500 feet or less from freeways.  You should look into that.

Jun 22, 18 2:23 pm

Everything on the envelope should be acoustically high performance. There are windows that provide STC-50 and sometimes more. People build hotels with rooms facing airport runways. Everything is possible if the budget matches the expectations.

Jun 22, 18 5:22 pm

look along the periferique in Paris, there are several projects that are similar.

But as you look at the precedents take into account who these projects were built for and why they are located where they are. 

Jun 22, 18 5:36 pm

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