SkyWall concept wins competition to find a solution to reducing ground noise impacts at Bromma Stockholm
A concept sketch of SkyWall (image: Red-architectes)
Fri 4 July 2014 – A competition to find a solution to reduce the impact of ground noise on residents close to Sweden’s Bromma Stockholm Airport has been won by Paris-based Red-architectes. The SkyWall concept was chosen by a jury made up of representatives from the airport’s owner and operator Swedavia and local residents, together with experts in the fields of acoustics, architecture and construction. The International Swedavia Airport Innovation Challenge 2014, with a prize of 100,000 Swedish krona ($14,500), attracted nearly 1,000 participants from 87 different countries and almost 100 original solutions were submitted. Swedavia says SkyWall is based on a proven noise screening and refraction technique and believes the claimed reduction levels are realistic. It adds the transparent material of the wall will integrate easily into the landscape and still allow residents a view of the airport’s activities.
The level of noise reduction is dependent on the height and location of the wall, says Swedavia. A project has now started at the airport to optimise the parameters and adapt SkyWall to local conditions, reported Linnéa Franzén, Environmental Advisor, Bromma Stockholm Airport. “For example, there will be more detailed geotechnical analysis in order to decide the foundations of the wall and what materials are optimal for the construction,” she said. The airport will consult further with local residents on the design in the autumn.
“The innovative part that the jury was most impressed with was how the Red-architectes team had succeeded in integrating the design of SkyWall into the landscape of the airport and the residential area,” said Franzén. “It is a light and beautiful screen that will be curved along the runway. It will preserve the view from the neighbourhood towards the airport and can be appreciated both from the ground and the air.
“The design highlights the airport in a positive manner and at the same time solves the task of reducing noise levels. Therefore the jury considered SkyWall to contribute positively to our neighbours’, travellers’ and employees’ experience of the airport.”