You already know that adding rugs or other textiles to your room can soak up extra decibels. Now some smarties over in The Netherlands decided to apply the same concept to the fields surrounding their noisy Amsterdam airport and it's working like gangbusters. Here's the deal.
Schiphol airport outside Amsterdam is one of the largest and busiest in the world. It's situated in a flat, open area which is perfect for airplanes to land and take off and also the perfect conditions for the low frequency noise of their engines to travel long distances, sometimes up to 18 miles away.
Enter H+N+S Landscape Architects and artist Paul De Kort, who worked together to design and build Buitenschot Land Art Park. Its maze of hedges and ditches in geometric patterns — 150 straight symmetrical furrows and ridges — is not only beautiful but cut the traveling ground noise in half.
And the textured land is not just wasted space! In addition to its noise buffering capabilities, it's also a true working park — housing sports fields and bike paths among the geometric landscaping. Pretty much the ultimate win win.
Read more about this crazy good idea at Smithsonian.