madrid’s francisco de vitoria university is located near the natural woodland of ‘el pardo’, an area filled with different tree species. within this context, architects ignacio borrego and felipe samarán have designed a parking lot that challenges preconceived notions of the typology. the duo began with ensuring that the site’s larger trees would be maintained, helping establish a transition between the school’s campus and the natural environment.
as asphalt parking surfaces can often remove any trace of what was there before, borrego and samarán determined the layout of the site in response to its existing condition. parking spaces are distributed around the oak and pine trees, while clearly defined green pathways provide safe routes across the lot. these paths vary in size depending on the estimated flow of passersby.
the parking lot challenges preconceived notions of the typology
rather than typical white lines, parking spaces are indicated by circles of different sizes and colors that lend the scheme a colorful and abstract twist. consequently, the ‘roble del ángel’ parking lot avoids generic connotations commonly attached to non-places such as parking garages, hotel rooms, and airports. the project has been documented by miguel de guzman of imagen subliminal who produced a video for the project alongside icaro films.
the site’s trees are maintained, helping establish a relationship with the natural environment
the layout of the site was determined in response to its existing condition
parking spaces are distributed around the oak and pine trees
clearly defined green pathways provide safe routes across the lot
parking spaces are indicated by circles of different sizes and colors
name: parking lot ‘roble del ángel’ at francisco de vitoria university, madrid
design: ignacio borrego and felipe samarán
collaborators: lukasz uminski, mattia franceschini, irene lópez, javier sánchez vidal
civil engineering: alexandri ingeniería civil s.l.
painting: ralva s.a.
location: pozuelo de alarcón, madrid, spain
developer: universidad francisco de vitoria, madrid, spain
area: 13,000 sqm
photography and video: miguel de guzmán and icaro films