Behnisch Architekten, Santa Monica Parking Structure #6, Gold LEED certification, parking deck design, urban design, architecture, urban architecture, Studio Jantzen, solar energy, sustainable urban design, rechargeable bike racks, solar light

Built in collaboration with Studio Jantzen, the massive structure was designed with a variety of innovative components that aim to incorporate the parking deck into its bustling urban surroundings. In addition to the building’s eco-conscious features, the architects focused on replacing the dark, dank multi-level parking structures of the past with a vibrant and inviting community-focused structure. The #6 parking deck, located in downtown Santa Monica, serves a high traffic area with eight above-ground and three subterranean levels, 750 parking spaces, approximately 7,000 square feet of retail space, farmers market storage, and 90 bicycle racks and 19 motorcycles spots.

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On the multi-colored facade, the architects chose to use perforated and solid aluminum “sails” as screens in order to provide optimal natural light and air ventilation throughout the structure’s interior as well as eliminate the harsh sun glare. Additionally unique to the design is the diagonal staircase that cuts across the exterior facade, providing a safe and visible passage as well as expansive ocean views for parking patrons.

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Photography by David Matthiessen