brooks + scarpa: santa monica parking garages
 
brooks + scarpa: santa monica parking garages
may 19, 2011

brooks + scarpa: santa monica parking garages

‘redesigned santa monica parking garages’ by brooks + scarpa, santa monica, california images courtesy of brooks + scarpa

los angeles based practice brooks + scarpa have completed improvements to the frank gehry-designed parking garages at santa monica place mall. building on the success of the 3rd street promenade and southern california’s ideal outdoor climate, the redesign aids in creating a more walkable and friendly atmosphere.

looking to preserve iconic elements of the original structure – including the beloved steel mesh signage created by gehry – the enhancement seamlessly blends new components with old to create a contemporary urban aesthetic. a multifaceted new facade transforms the street-side appearance, altering the viewers perception of space and function while visually integrating the building with the complex fabric of the city. a repetitious progression of slatted panels enclose the upper volume, shifting in position and permeability to create a complex patterned facade that resembles that off wood palettes. constructed from a simple repeatable form, the cement board slats are quickly and economically mass produced.

brooks + scarpa: santa monica parking garages contrasting facades add interest

brooks + scarpa: santa monica parking garages detail of new facade

injecting a sense of life and activity into the promenade are a series of additional improvements including, retail outlets, bike stations, improved pedestrian access and public art that encourage a more convivial and welcoming experience.

brooks + scarpa: santa monica parking garages public art

brooks + scarpa: santa monica parking garages ‘cradle installation’ by ball nogues, part of the public art initiative

a secondary phase, yet to be completed, will see the installation of over 1000 solar- panel-equipped canopies on the top parking levels.

providing both electric energy and shade, the gesture will help to welcome the newly renovated structure into a more sustainable,

21st century.

brooks + scarpa: santa monica parking garages view from street

brooks + scarpa: santa monica parking garages entrance to parking

brooks + scarpa: santa monica parking garages new retail outlets on ground level

brooks + scarpa: santa monica parking garages the retail stores are open and accessible to passerby’s

brooks + scarpa: santa monica parking garages aerial view at night

brooks + scarpa: santa monica parking garages typical parking level floor plan

brooks + scarpa: santa monica parking garages elevation

brooks + scarpa: santa monica parking garages concept rendering

brooks + scarpa: santa monica parking garages concept rendering

brooks + scarpa: santa monica parking garages parking garage before

brooks + scarpa: santa monica parking garages parking garage before

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