Tomsk State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering
The idea was to create a parking garage that would suite modern urban situation, be convenient enough for local citizens and would represent the spirit of… more
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The design proposal reflects brutalist architecture by its simplicity and slickness in its appearances. However, it misses the designer's arguments to make a spatial dialogue for the users and their surroundings. The confined boldness is failed to create solid void inter-changeable links between the building and its surroundings. Here the architecture needs to address the quality of interactions between the users and the spaces within it. The designer can think of parking spaces as not just merely a space to keep cars for a certain period. It should facilitate experiential spaces for the drivers to experience while driving up to the ramp as well as during the pedestrian journey while coming and going to the parking space to get the cars. Space should encourage interaction between different unknowns through these journeys. The parking building can act as a hub for public activity spaces. Such alteration will add extra social and economic value to the proposal. The current state of design has the potentials to add those spatial features by subtracting and adding masses. The spatial changes will also establish unique visual connections with the surrounding nature keeping into consideration the environmental harshness in the Siberian context. Along with the modification of the building mass, the facades also can bring some sort of transparency, if a layer of public realm can be added around the building or on one side of the building on different floors, keeping the parking spaces in the centre.
There is some other architectural tweaking that can make the design slicker and appealing. To keep a statement of the singularity, in the roofline, the top of the staircase, the railings and ramp heights can support each other if they somehow bring any vertical reference lines at the same height. At this moment, the horizontal bars of the roof railings are creating a contradictory dialogue with the rest of the vertical lines.
The idea was to create a parking garage that would suite modern urban situation, be convenient enough for local citizens and would represent the spirit of Siberian winter, therefore the fasades are as white as snow and the details - the ribbed panels, the windows and the ramp, look almost weightless.
The projest itself represent a three-storey building made of concret and lined with white metal panels. It is supported by a structure consisting of columns and beams that is situated on a concret foundation pad. There is also an administrative unit that includes washing rooms for visitors, changing rooms for stuff, storage, office and rooms for required supply systems (heat room and electrical panel). The territory is guarded, so there are security booths at the gates. The ramp's configuration is chosen to be a hexagon prism in wich there is it's own columns system with intercolumnies filled with windows to provide enough light inside and to make an emphasis here. There are frequent windows in the ribbed metal panels for the same reason in addition to tall windows in other places. The Ribbed panels pass as a polyline along all facades, and the windows become more frequent as you get closer to the ramp to anttract viewer's attention to it once again. The lining emphasizes the column structure, and does not hide it.
The stucture is made of concret column 400х400 and beams 200x400. The foundation is a concret pad on metal pines. The lining is white metal panels that are attaches to the walls by a system of metal u-shaped brackets and profiles.
Technical and economic indicators:
Volume of construction - 55735,7 м3;
Property area - 19427,5 м2;
Building area - 4568,5 м2;
Total area - 11617,2 м2;
Useful area - 9518,4 м2;
Auxiliary area - 2098,8 м2;
К1 - 0,8;
К2 - 5,9;
Number of parking spaces - 260;
Number of floors of the building - 3.