Perforated metal balustrades wrap the round-edged floorplates of this multi-storey automobile park created by Abscis Architecten for a hospital in Ghent, Belgium .
The Belgian studio divided parking spaces in between two buildings, to aid give the car park a much more human scale for patients and workers at the AZ Sint-Lucas hospital. One tower has 5 parking amounts, although the other has nine, lessening the effect on the “granular sized” campus.
The buildings have varying floor plates, each surrounded by the white metal balustrades decorated with thousands of little geometric perforations.
These perforations are mirrored in the layout of the grey and white patterned paving that surrounds the buildings.
“Guardrails made and executed in perforated aluminium plates bring contrast to the massiveness of the project,” explained the architects.
Trees planted about the base of the structures and smaller shrubs positioned behind the perforated balustrades assist to additional visually break up the scale of the buildings, and include greenery and shade to the urban surroundings.
“Stylistically the preference is given to an open developing layout,” explained the studio. “Juxtaposed with the tight grid of the parking spaces, the floorboards with flower beds fan out to humanise the otherwise practical notion.”
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“The creating is portion of the ‘greening’ of the website,” they extra. “The new plants and flower beds all incorporate solely native species.”
An entry street weaves its way by means of the car park and about the hospital buildings, passing a patient drop-off level by the entrance to the hospital beneath the east creating just before continuing onto the ring street that surrounds the site.
Lifts, ramps and stairs offer access to each tier of the structures, which contain bicycle parking spots, wheelchair storage, cashpoints and waiting rooms at ground level.
The ground-floor levels of each and every block are four metres tall, making it possible for ample area for ambulances and servicing vans.
Photography is by Dennis De Smet.
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