Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Velenje Car Park in Slovenia by ENOTA
April 4th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: ENOTA
Velenje was designed as a garden city and as such, it had a lot of unoccupied ground-level surfaces. With the increase in the number of vehicles, these surfaces began to turn into car parks, which crucially affects the quality of open-air habitation. Like many others in the centre of the town, the car park in front of the community health centre was intended to expand to the surrounding green surfaces due to insufficient capacity. Instead of enlarging the floor area, we chose to partially dig in and cover the car park, doubling the capacity in a simple way. As other projects in the area have shown, the abundance of space in the city made the users reluctant to adopt multi-level parking. Accordingly, the new car park is not designed as a classical parking garage but features a double entrance leading to two car parks laid on top of each other. This makes for highly rational use of the space, as there is no surface lost to circling around the structure, with the building also being naturally ventilated.
The slight branching out in the floor area design reflects the sitting of the building among the existing trees, which had all been left intact. The front facade of the building features a very restrained design and references the simple shapes of other buildings in the immediate vicinity. The remaining circumference of the car park is covered by an expanded-metal facade skin of slightly more relaxed design. Individual façade panels are parabolically bent out of the building plane. Beside the interesting shape, the result is also great static strength, which obviates the need for any additional supporting sub-construction.
The repetition and careful arrangement of these lightweight facade elements produces a constant play of light and shadow, giving the building a soft appearance among the surrounding trees. The Velenje car park is designed as a prototype of increasing parking capacity on the perimeter of the city centre. The highly rational design offers twice the parking capacity with no increase in the required space, as well as an attractive appearance, which blends with the natural environment of the town-in-a-park.