Alternative Car Park Tower
By Mozhao Studio
Winning the Hong Kong Alternative Car Park Tower Competition, the proposal attempts to integrate the Hong Kong City hall, the second-floor pedestrian system and the streets on the second floor. It provides a network of public spaces with atriums and multifunctional areas placed at the top floor, along with great views of the Victoria Harbor and Kowloon. Designed by Mozhao Studio, the Car Park Tower is a public building, transforming the typical parking facility into an urban landmark.
The automated parking is located above the multi-functional area, forming an 80 meter high outdoor atrium. Cars are transported from the ground floor to parking spots by the spiral car-lifts and the horizontal rails. The atrium which varies with movement of mechanism of the fully automated parking provides the multi-functional area with a distinctive atmosphere. In Hong Kong, an example of highly dense city, many public spaces are temporarily occupied for recreation and commercial uses to varying degrees. By adding the time dimension, the approach of transforming programs of the same place is a significant factor for solving the problem of scarce land. On non-work days the ground floor is transformed into a temporary market. The transformation occurs as a consequence of changing car routes. It gives urban significance to the site, connecting it to the adjacent public areas and creating a dynamic urban environment in Hong Kong.