Car Park Malmö transforms from a cool white house in the day into a colour explosion at night
Metro Arkitekter challenged the idea in which a car park could be designed to be an attractive contribution to the cityscape. The architects in this project had the advantage of having designed the neighbouring office block and were able to create an ensemble. The team chose to work with contrasts: The office block´s stable concrete walls provided the opportunity to work with 'lightweight' materials. White glass boxes surround the car park and broke down the scale of a large single use building. By day, the white glass sparkles but at night the building´s coloured ceilings mean that the building changes character completely. At street level there is a gym, adding a vibrant ambience to the street environment.
The building will also have a variety of vegetation to create a pleasant atmosphere for the users. The ground floor will be covered with green, with a few openings from the gym, scattered around the facades. The interior of the building, as well has a green feature in its light atrium, will have greenery climbing up thus allowing light and green in the heart of the car park.
The materials used for the structure is precast concrete. The facade consists 50% of white enamelled glass sheets with aluminium frames painted white. The other half of tilted sheets of aluminium, perforated to ensure the ventilation in the facility and still create a screen from the weather. The facade is held by a steel structure not visible from the outside. The building was nominated for the City of Malmös annual architecture prize in 2009.