Housing Rehalp

Selective competition on invitation for housing, Zurich, 2022
Weyell Zipse with META Landschaftsarchitektur

 

Much noise about noise

…was the name of a symposium that revolved around the topic of noise protection and urbanity and was held in Zurich in June 2022. “Legalizing noise building culture” was the headline of the Swiss magazine Hochparterre at the beginning of April 2022. The ruling of the Federal Supreme Court in December 2021, which stopped a new building on the B├╝rgli site in Zurich Enge, unsettles planners and developers, about the planning feasibility of new buildings in noisy locations. Despite the prevailing opinion of architects that the laws are not based on reality and should be revised quickly, in the end any planning that depends on an exemption permit represents an incalculable risk for building owners. A partial revision of the environmental protection law seems to be in sight, but until this is legally implemented, it is the responsibility of planners to seek the best possible architectural solution on properties subject to noise pollution in compliance with the applicable laws.