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Brooks + Scarpa Complete New Eco Upgrades To Gehry’s Santa Monica Parking Garages
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On May 17, 2011 @ 6:08 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,News,Sustainable Building | 4 Comments
The main upgrade to the garages was to clad the exterior in a new shade screen , providing privacy and shade, as well as an a more attractive appearance. A single mass-produced and repeatable panel made up of a series of cement board slats, which resembles a shipping pallet , was used throughout the project. Measuring approximately 10 feet by 16 feet and arranged in a slightly different position or orientation relative to each adjacent panel, the appearance seems organic and non-repeating. Overall, the result is one that is aesthetically pleasing, visually diverse, and shades the cars and makes the garages seem more like buildings than just a place to park.
On the ground floor of the garages, a number of retail spaces were constructed to improve the streetscape so that the area surrounding the mall isn’t such a dead zone. Brooks + Scarpa also added a bike station  to lock up your sweet cruiser, improved pedestrian access, signage and public art like a giant mosaic and a trippy metal ball installation. The garages are also equipped with the infrastructure to handle a future rooftop canopy solar system  to provide shade for cars and electricity for the garages and some of the city’s public buildings.
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URLs in this post:
 Gehry-designed Santa Monica Place: http://inhabitat.com/gehrys-santa-monica-place-goes-green-with-leed-renovation/
 parking garages: http://inhabitat.com/intexure-architects-transform-parking-garage-into-a-rooftop-zen-garden/
 Brooks + Scarpa (formerly Pugh + Scarpa): http://inhabitat.com/sustainable-design-firm-pugh-scarpa-win-2010-aia-architecture-firm-award/
 prefabricated: http://inhabitat.com/tag/prefab
 shade screen: http://inhabitat.com/a-playful-checkerboard-facade-protects-the-pegasus-building-from-the-indian-heat/
 shipping pallet: http://inhabitat.com/tag/shipping-pallet
 bike station: http://inhabitat.com/philadelphia-parking-lot-transformed-into-cycling-oasis/
 rooftop canopy solar system: http://inhabitat.com/u-s-navy-approves-solar-powered-parking-lot/
 + Brooks + Scarpa: http://www.brooksscarpa.com/
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