More than a parking facility…
Cars, pedestrians, wildlife all gain something from a new parking facility in Aalborg. A parking facility is primarily a rational construction, designed for a very specific purpose. Yet, in Eastern Harbour of Aalborg, the third largest municipality in Denmark, Sangberg has created something more than a parking facility.
▼建筑外观，exterior view ©Ramus Hjortshøj
Optimizing the minimal
The new Parking House G2 comes across monolithic monument-scale object in a part of Aalborg that currently undergoing a transformation from an industrial harbour to a new multi-use neighbourhood. The building has a capacity of 590 cars and is executed as a compact construction overlaid with a playful graphic façade concept. With its elementary construction principle and honest materiality, the parking facility echoes the former industrial aesthetics of the area. The overall concept is simple and showcases that it is possible to create something functional and aesthetically pleasing from a minimal palette – while adding value to the surroundings.
with its elementary construction principle and honest materiality, the parking facility echoes the former industrial aesthetics of the area ©Ramus Hjortshøj
▼立面细部，facade detailed view ©Ramus Hjortshøj
A vibrant graphic and poetic expression
The façade is designed with a dynamic, lightweight and vibrant expression that varies depending on how and from where it is viewed: Whether you’re driving by in a car or you’re passing by as a pedestrian, your experience will differ as the facade animates itself in accordance to the speed travelled. The expression also changes whether it is viewed nearby or far away, from straight on or from the side – and with the light conditions and seasons. Thus, the new Parking facility provide passers-by with a vivid visual experience.
▼立面设计使用了富有动感、轻盈且醒目的语言，the façade is designed with a dynamic, lightweight and vibrant expression ©Ramus Hjortshøj
▼立面夜间视角，facade by night ©Ramus Hjortshøj
the façade skin is a composition of aluminium slats, utilizing subtle variation in aluminium profiles to give a textural expression ©Ramus Hjortshøj
The extruded aluminium slats are easy to assemble and subsequently also easy to disassemble, which, in the future, allows for a straightforward removal process and recycling of the facade material for use in other building projects. The façade skin is a composition of aluminium slats, utilizing subtle variation in aluminium profiles to give a textural expression, which drapes naturally around the concrete structure, like a textile cloth wraps itself around a person’s body. Spaces between each aluminium tube lining lead natural light and air into the building.
▼自然光和空气通过铝管内层之间的间隙被引入建筑内部，spaces between each aluminium tube lining lead natural light and air into the building ©Ramus Hjortshøj
A habitat for birds and insects
The facade presents an opportunity for vegetation to take hold and the result is a greener city. The vegetation will filter particles produced by pollution also provides a new habitat within the city in from of a biotope where insects and birds can thrive. The masterplan for the area emphasizes a green buffer zone along the busy Nyhavnsgade, which has been the starting point for the team’s work. As a result, Sangberg’s vision for the new parking facility has been to create a building that introduces nature to the area.
▼建筑立面提供了承载植物的可能，增加了城市的绿化，the facade presents an opportunity for vegetation to take hold and the result is a greener city ©Ramus Hjortshøj
Recipient of Aalborg Municipality’s Architectural Prize
The parking facility has received Aalborg Municipality’s building award. Among other things, the judging committee’s motivation for the prize was: “In its facade design the parking facility has achieved a light expression that functions alongside Nyhavnsgade and towards the surrounding homes. Lightness is achieved by a graphic play using light grey aluminium slats. The parking facility serves as a model for how heavy infrastructure installations can add to the cities, they are a part of.”
▼停车楼夜间整体外观， parking facility exterior view by night ©Ramus Hjortshøj
FACT SHEET: Parking Facility G2, Aalborg Eastern Harbour
Client: A. Enggaard A/S
Capacity. 590 parking spaces
Area: 15.200 m2
Period: 2016 – 2018
Location: Aalborg, Denmark
Photographs: Ramus Hjortshøj – COAST Studio