Designed by Elliott + Associates Architects, Car Park One, Oklahoma City is located in United States. The goal was to reinvent the parking garage experience – imagine ‘parking as art’. Another objective was to make the building unrecognisable as a parking garage. It was important to ‘connect’ the Car Park to the existing campus across the street by incorporating masonry. The architect selected a clay-fired 8” x 8” x 8” solar block in a matching colour to the campus king-size brick.
Considering mass and scale, the architect designed the parking structure to ‘disappear’. A ‘transparent’ wall was necessary to fulfill the 20% open code criteria. This was successfully accomplished using a 3/8 inch flatwire stainless steel mesh in a basket-weave pattern. The custom designed weave is dense enough to conceal the vehicles from the outside yet has enough open space to allow for adequate air circulation as required by the code and to admit natural light.