Taz Loomans

JAJA Architects Reinvent the Parking Garage as a Green Community Space with Park 'n' Play

by , 06/27/14

JAJA Architects, Nordhavn, Copenhagen, parking garage, green facade, red neighborhood, plant shelving system, planter boxes parking garage, centre pompidou, green roof, green roof public park, green roof playground, staircase frieze, staircase railing, the red thread

The project is located in an area called the Red Neighborhood, named after its historic red brick harbor buildings. In a contextual nod, the concrete garage will be tinted red. Set in contrast to this red backdrop, the project’s green facade is its most noticeable feature. It is made up of a plant “shelving system” which interacts with the rhythm of the columns behind it. The planter boxes follow the structural grid of the parking garage with full height boxes placed in a staggered rhythm with every second column. The planters cover all four facades and provide coherence to the building.

Related: Gorgeous Green House is Wrapped in a Lush Vertical Garden in Belgium

The roof and staircases up to it are other significant features of the project. The roof is made of an active landscape filled with resting spaces and play areas that include swings and climbing structures. An elevated activity sculpture on the roof will be visible from the street, engaging the public visually from afar. The staircases are inspired by Centre Pompidou, where the vertical movement along the building facade is a special experience. Along the back wall of the staircases is a frieze based on the history of the area. The frieze will be visible from the street level and can be seen in more detail as visitors ascend the staircases. The railing of the staircase is called “the red thread” and is designed to be a physical guide that leads visitors from the street level to the roof.

+ JAJA Architects

Via Dezeen

Related Posts

LEAVE A COMMENT

or your inhabitat account below

Let's make sure you're a real person:


  • Read Inhabitat

  • Search Categories

  • Recent Posts

  • Recent Comments

  • Browse by Keyword

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >