GREEN PARKING HOUSE IN ØSTRE HAVN
The vision for the new parking house at Østre Havn in Aalborg, which has a capacity for 600 cars, is for a building which creates a new urban nature which is full of life and which utilizes a range of sustainable solutions for the future.
Located between Nyhavnsgade and Østre Havngade, the parking house has a robust construction from simple materials, in-keeping with the former industrial aesthetics of its harbour context. Its facades consist of a range of different extruded aluminium lamellas, which are easy to assemble, and therefore also easy to disassemble. This ensures that at the end of the building’s life all of the facade materials can be easily dismantled, and the aluminium can be recycled.
The facades allow for natural light to penetrate into the building and are also ideal for external planting to take hold and grow up the external faces of the building. This greening of the facades unites the building with the masterplan’s wishes to establish a green buffer zone along the crowded Nyhansgade. Green facades absorb CO2 from the air, increase levels of oxygen and add a range of other positive environmental qualities to the city. Planting can also filter dust and pollution particles from the air and reduce the levels of road traffic noise experienced in the area. The green facades will also create a new habitat in the city, a mini ecosystem where insects and birds can thrive.
Surrounding the parking house, space is created for a range of different activities, such as basketball, skateboarding and a climbing wall. This ensures that the building interplays with its surroundings, not only functioning internally as a parking house, but provides for community and recreational activities – giving value back to the city.