Andrew Michler

Spectacular Green Park Tops a Parking Garage in Slovenia

by , 07/15/11


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Underground parking has always been popular in dense cities – particularly as the value of the land increases,  but this parking lot is something different. By addressing the strain on transportation coming from tourists, and keeping the city green, the lot does not degrade the environment, but instead enhances it.

The lot has been constructed from prefab concrete panels, and a specially engineered roof forgoes the use of traditional columns to maximize the available parking spaces. Set atop the lot structure, an airy glass portal to the outside reflects the surrounding environment and practically disappears at a distance.

A clever and eco-conscious design, not only does the green roof lot keep unsightly pavement from disrupting the views, but it also reduces noise, creates a natural habitat and introduces a new place for residents to convene and enjoy the outdoors. The city benefits even further with reduced storm water runoff, and a much cooler environment in the summer as the heat island effect is eliminated.

So while cars probably won’t be going away any time soon, maybe the traditional parking lot can – this very well could be the future look of the parking garage!

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  1. caeman July 15, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Maybe all future construction should go this route. Build DOWNWARD, while leaving the ground above all green and clean. No more “city skyline”. Of course, a lot more energy would be needed for lighting, you lose out on reusable space for solar panels, but you reduce the need for heatingcooling to the extent above ground buildings require.

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