Alternative Car Park Tower Proposal / Mozhao Studio

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Mozhao Studio shared with us their first prize winning proposal for the Alternative Car Park Tower competition which was held by held by AC_CA. Their design integrates the Hong Kong City Hall, the second-floor pedestrian system and streets on the second-floor level, provid¬ing a convenient and enjoyable network of public spaces. Because of this strategy, the park tower presents the citizen¬ship, which relates and echoes to the Hong Kong City Hall nearby. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hong Kong skyline

The car park tower, to some extent, is a public building where people can traverse and stay for a while. The top floor, which has high value due to having a great view of Victoria Harbor and Kowloon, composes Café and multi-functional area where the public can access anytime.

parking space

The planning issue rooted in history results in high va¬cancy rate in most of the parking lots on non-work days. Besides, 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 and creating dynamic urban environment in Hong Kong. Therefore, on non-work days, by chang¬ing the car routes the parking space close to the ground floor is transformed into a temporary market which is auxiliary to the Hong Kong City Hall. This transformation brings vitality and energy to the parking space and offers small business opportunities for individuals.

work day view

The fully automated parking lot always gives an impression of monoto¬nous forms rather than forms with the underlying mechanical beauty which hasn’t been explored. In our scheme, fully automated parking is above the top 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. Meanwhile, the multi-func¬tional area with spectacular sea view and various activities also provides comfortable waiting area for people who pick up cars.

Architects: Mozhao Studio (CCDI)
Location: Hong Kong,
Project Team: Guansheng Zeng | Chen Chang, Chao Fu, Guolin Liu, Dandan Zhang, Jin Zhang, Ju Zheng
Category: Public Tower (Competition) First Prize
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 30,000 sqm
Client: [AC-CA] Architectural Competition Concours d’ Architecture

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Alternative Car Park Tower Proposal / Mozhao Studio" 25 Nov 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 17 Sep 2014. <>


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    Ever tried rounded car ramp?
    After few rounds…. You’ll vomit!
    Typical eye candy I think…..

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    Oh China why did you abandon your bike culture…
    I hate to say it but, in a society so attached now to cars as it main transportation support this banal monument might actually fit well within the citizens and yes it could be a destination in it self…

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      Hong Kong is different from China. Bike never popular there. BTW, I agree with your. HK already have a very good public transport system. WHy do they need such a ‘huge’ carpark tower????

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    Fossil Cars are killing our Planet and spending more money to cater to them makes no sense.
    Apartment and office buildings used to be true quality before developers started spending the money to add underground parking vaults. What a waste…

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    Firstly I don’t get the point of this competition, secondly I don’t get the point of this design… but anyway, fun fact:

    This site is right in front of HSBC Main Building. HSBC is extremely anxious about their Feng Shui therefore they’ve “bought” all the building height from HSBC building till Victoria harbour, so that no one can block their view.

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    well, i think it is a creative idea, but not practical. cant image a car park building would be built in the most expensive and historical landmark place central. maybe build in somewhere in lantau island or yuen long….more reasonable.

    is it ONLY for competition??? first prize??? doubted.

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    first prize??? is it only for competition? creative but not make sense in urban hk. we need a eco-friendly hk, but not air polluted car park turning around in our central.

    do they know and live in hk and for the hk?? doubted.

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