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Block 11 is a Perforated Parking Lot With a Facade of Hanging Plants in The Netherlands
Posted By Tafline Laylin On February 27, 2012 @ 9:44 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Daylighting,Design,Gallery | No Comments
Parking lots may not seem like an obvious canvas for designers, but MEI Architecture has turned Block 11 into a wild work of folk art that is clad in a series of hanging plant containers. Part of Almere-Buiten's urban expansion, the parking lot has 413 spaces and was built out of new materials using a stretch forming technique that is common among automobile manufacturers.
Block 11 is particularly unique because of the perforated facade which depicts images common to the Flevoland province  including birds, windmills, garden gnomes, and bird houses. But here’s the catch: although the images are designed to create some kind of cultural connectivity for residents of Almere, they also act as natural ventilation  for the parking lot!
The perforations allow air to filter through the lot, which holds a great number of polluting vehicles as well as light, and the hanging plant containers further improve the air quality . This is such a fantastic and unique design that is somewhat reminiscent of a bike parking lot in Japan  that is completely wrapped in green. Hopefully this is a sign that the boring concrete blocks so common in the last few decades will become a thing on the past?
Via Contemporist 
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URLs in this post:
 Flevoland province: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flevoland
 natural ventilation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_ventilation
 air quality: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_quality
 bike parking lot in Japan: http://inhabitat.com/photos-striking-japanese-bike-parking-lot-is-completely-overgrown-with-green-ivy/
 + MEI Architecture: http://www.mei-arch.nl/meiarchitecten/
 Contemporist: http://www.contemporist.com/2012/02/24/block-11-by-mei-architecture/
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