Park & Ride Antwerp


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This study investigates how car park buildings can be extended into high-quality park-&-ride facilities. This search for a sustainable, high-quality transition environment is aimed at finding an efficient link between private and public transport.

We lend form to the generic car park buildings in order to open them up and differentiate them. The buildings are opened in order to enable contact with the surrounding areas. The spaces in the building are differentiated in height and width enabling more than just parking facilities.

The compact design of the car park solution integrates traffic in the slightly inclined marking surfaces into a flexible and modular system. Here, the parking decks turn slightly away from each other, allowing extra light to penetrate the building and affording extra views of the surrounding areas, allowing the landscape to penetrate as well. The building is also open in cross section. Instead of a conventional façade, the building is manifest through its actual infrastructure, namely, the parking decks constructed from TT floor panels. A sharp finishing of the edges gives the building a decorative and elegant line.

The differentiation of spaces is the second instrument in the conversion to a high-grade park-&-ride facility. Alongside the regular parking bays, the building also allows for spaces with other characteristics. In and on top of the building, they invite a range of temporary activities. At ground level, there are higher spaces beneath the inclined parking surfaces allowing for extra functions, such as a bicycle point, pick-up point or petrol station. These activate the access points to the parking infrastructure and the links between private and public transport. The transition becomes an active experience.

The park & ride moves radically away from the non-space into a space where connection, programme and form lend it a sense of identity.