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Santa Monica Civic Parking Structure
(# 919)
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The design of this 300,000 sf parking structure establishes a strong presence within a cluster of civic buildings. The structure provides 882 parking spaces accommodated in six levels above grade and two below grade, while a café on the main plaza terrace animates the pedestrian traffic flow. Sustainability was a strong consideration as well: materials with a high recycled content were used, including fly-ash replacement for cement and reinforcing steel and framing. The design provides daylighting and views with exterior glazing for all main building areas – including the tenant spaces and café – and photovoltaic panels on the roof fulfill all of the building’s energy needs.
Pre-cast concrete panels compose a rhythmic, variegated pattern on all façades. A series of bays made of channeled colored glass breaks down the scale of the structure and are set at varying angles to bring a luminous, scintillating quality to the building, and appear as a shimmering curtain in the evening.
SMPS Urban Context
Relating Environment
Sustainable Landmark
Civic Gateway
Memorable Symbol
Innovative Design
Comfort and Safety
Public Oriented
Material Palette
Luminous Quality
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