The design for Hangzhou Future Car Park aims to step towards the future and create a harmony between the “Automobile and the City,” redefining the way we commute to urban hubs and how our “personal automobile” is stored while we work and play.
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DANIEL STATHAM STUDIO
With the reduction of carbon emission, the invention of self-driven and electric/solar energyvehicles, it is no secret that technological pioneers, including Tesla, Google, and Apple, striveto make automobiles more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Such innovation has inspiredour client of the Hangzhou project to envision not only a careful reconsideration of theparking for these vehicles, but a unprecedent prototype of car parking for the future – less congestion, higher destiny, and cleaner air in our cities.
From these goals hence raised the Hangzhou Future Car. Located in the centre of the Hangzhou CBD, the project celebrates the amalgamation of “Green Parking” and “Public Space.” We intend to create a building that synthesizes available parking technologies, public spaces, event spaces, and hanging gardens, transforming the conventional parking lot into a healthy, invigorating environment for families, friends, and business.
The design from the beginning made the bold move to stack the cars in futuristic “Towers” that seem to “blossom” into a roof form at the higher level, accommodating entertainment facilities and roof gardens. The circulation of cars and people are separated at Level 01. Cars are taken directly to the lower parking, parked by the automated system, and stored in stack with the ‘Cocoon’ of the towers, which create a vertical animation within the towers by the lift and stacking system.
Lifts also add to the vertical animation of the space by sending people from the lower levels to the roof top, where they can enjoy an additional “Park” and public space. This roof form acts like a “Canopy of Trees” that provide shade from the hot sun and rain. Fantastic views and perspectives of the city and internal environment of this building are experienced. To collect the cars, one can send the request upon entering the building. Cars are then returned by the automated system from the towers to the ‘Collection Zone’.
The building in many ways is a “Parking Oasis,” showcasing cars with breath-taking technology and architecture within a Garden Paradise. It combines an abundance of natural ventilation and daylight that significantly reduces the mechanical equipment to warm and cool the building throughout the year. Meanwhile, it harnesses sunlight and storm water to irrigate and clean the building.
We have attempted to intertwin automotive technologies in both its vehicular and parked form, in its ever-evolving sustainable pursuit, and house it as art within the architecture. It is a celebration of “Man and Machine” in a space for the Future City that makes a statement to create a healthier and more sustainable environment for all.
‘The art challenges the technology, and the technology inspires the art’ – John Lasseter