Salvi Architecture Sàrl: Autobahn A16 - best architects 07

Salvi Architecture Sàrl

Autobahn A16

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La Transjurane | Schweiz


Working on an infrastructure of such size raises first and foremost the problem of how to relate to the landscape. A first solution would have consisted in concealing the built volumes to minimize their visual impact in sceneries considered as frozen for ever. Another choice was made: claiming the highway as an asset of contemporary culture, a valuable addition to the site per se. A highway is a historical construction, a mark of our times which can add further depth to the landscape. The idea is not to blend into the landscape but to stand against it while fitting into it. A common vocabulary, using a typology adapted to the layout and the site (from the bridge balustrade to the ventilation plant) defines the various structures. Their effortless lines, surfaces, volumes, and shapes easily follow the motorist along.