Noise barrier

The project entails a structural study with regard to a possible noise barrier along the highway A1 between Amersfoort and Hilversum. Several configurations for the columns were considered in this study commissioned by Zwarts & Jansma Architecten.

– two different heights have been taken into account; 2m and 4m,
– different center to center distance of the columns,
– three cross-sections were looked at
– models are made in both stainless steel and normal steel.

A noise barrier is categorized as a civil work and is mainly subjected to wind loads. With this in mind and the architectural vision to create tapered columns a total of three variants were designed; a IPE-section; a RHS; and a T-section. The dimensions of the cross-sections were adjusted depending on the center to center distance of the columns. Edge effects due to wind yields high loads in the outer regions of the barrier.


Structural concept design


Function: Noise barrier


Along the highway between Amersfoort and Hilversum


Architect/client: Zwarts & Jansma Architecten
Structure: SIDstudio