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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,Green Building,News | 4 Comments

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The main upgrade to the garages was to clad the exterior in a new shade screen [1], 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 [2], 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 [3] 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 [4] to provide shade for cars and electricity for the garages and some of the city’s public buildings.

+ Brooks + Scarpa [5]

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[1] shade screen: http://inhabitat.com/a-playful-checkerboard-facade-protects-the-pegasus-building-from-the-indian-heat/

[2] shipping pallet: http://inhabitat.com/tag/shipping-pallet

[3] bike station: http://inhabitat.com/philadelphia-parking-lot-transformed-into-cycling-oasis/

[4] rooftop canopy solar system: http://inhabitat.com/u-s-navy-approves-solar-powered-parking-lot/

[5] + Brooks + Scarpa: http://www.brooksscarpa.com/

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