building is a direct description of the economy of building
a “warehouse” to store cars. Unlike some avant-garde
parking structures that attempt to “hide” the cars inside,
the automobiles in this building are apparent from the
street. The building had to be fit into a fabric
of existing downtown buildings, some of them historic.
Parts of the structure are buffered with a retail
building fronting on a plaza where the artistic graphics
of the elevator are featured. While the city wanted
to create as many new parking spaces as possible, it
did not want to create a building out of scale with
it’s neighbors. Maintaining the pedestrian appeal
of the downtown area was also an important consideration.
We believe we have achieved these goals by setting
back the building, creating two underground levels of
parking and creating a structure that is light and open
that includes a plaza on the street. The experience
both from the street and inside is one of light, warmth
and openness creating a feeling of pleasant safety.
direct and the visual expression of the building’s use
are guiding principles of creativity in the valley.
The building expresses those values.