Alternative Car Park Tower / Hugon Kowalski, Adam Wiercinski, Borys Wrzeszcz

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The main concept of the Alternative Car Park Tower, titled ‘Sky Street’, by Hugon Kowalski, Adam Wiercinski and Borys Wrzeszcz was to create parking spaces as an extension of the street. Typical city-street features with a traffic lane, parking spaces, sidewalk and tram was taken out which helped to shape their building form. More images and project description after the break.

Courtesy of Hugon Kowalski, Adam Wiercinski, Borys Wrzeszcz

Another main issue supporting this idea was to enable collision-free circulation. For that purpose the structure of the building consists of two spirals. The indicated street forms an external contour of the building – way-up spiral. Inside of this spiral, there is a mirrored way-down spiral. Both of them connect once at the half of the circle. Due to this solution, the driver is able to drive in, park the car and later go down keeping the same direction all the time. On the top of this structure the way-up spiral smoothly merges way-down spiral.

Courtesy of Hugon Kowalski, Adam Wiercinski, Borys Wrzeszcz

The building outline stands out of Victoria’s Bay panorama. The object is not as high (100m) as surrounding skyscrapers but its shape makes a symbol in the area. Its spherical shape makes coherent construction, linked way-up and way-down spiral, both made of concrete, are supplementary consolidated with a steel frame inside the object. The complete body creates an exceptionally tough, egg-shaped construction. The second face of the object is its amazing interior. The huge vault can be adopted in various ways. In two locations of the building there are suspended platforms designed for multi-purpose area.

Courtesy of Hugon Kowalski, Adam Wiercinski, Borys Wrzeszcz

Illumination of the object depends on its users. During the night lights of cars and trams shine in the specular ceiling. Building glows as a lantern.

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Alternative Car Park Tower / Hugon Kowalski, Adam Wiercinski, Borys Wrzeszcz" 08 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • pushkin

    ArchDaily! Please. Stop posting such nonsense – another weightless design where structure is for nerds only.
    Guys! Nice images will not justify this irrational, expensive and causing vertigo design.
    Przespaliście zajęcia z budownictwa?

  • Tina

    Agree, They didn’t even win the competition and you guys publishing this rubbish architecture…

  • Robb

    Judging by recent architecture hip trend- it’d more important to stylize your renders with light leaks and add weird giant spiders or gas balloons in renders, but who cares for the structure itself.
    Red and blue, so hot right now.

    • Beek

      A lot of structure to park a handful of cars… Back to the drawing board!

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  • Beek

    A lot of structure to park a handful of cars. Back to the drawing board!

  • Ted

    This would even be laughable by Dubai circa 2007 standards.

  • J

    Too much diffuse glow and vw scirocco :)

  • Kyle

    I spy with my little eye something that is like a pillar. Wait. I don’t see anything like that.

  • Mac

    So you need 2 drive ways plus a ramp down to accommodate just one row of badly planned car parks? And why for God’s sake is there a heavy tram on the outside of the structure running? And all of this, and I mention it again, without columns and but with floors which cantilever out… Questions, questions? Care to elaborate Mr. Kowalski, Mr. Wiercinski or Mr. Wrzeszcz?

  • sd

    HKBD …will never allow you to emphisize your belly in a such way … it’s too gross and space is too valuable here.

  • tylerncc

    …the one way traffic problem has already been solved, anyone heard of a double-helix garage? Urban sculpture with a sprinkling of parking spaces does not an interesting solution make. Im a huge advocate for thinking outside the box and pushing the boundaries of convention, but what good are competitions if all it takes are fancy renders and evocotive form to get noticed? there’s no substance here that I can see.

  • wrr

    all goes wrong… everything is in photoshop.

  • cube-x

    sorry, wtf is that?

    completely UNEFFECTIVE FORM
    since when ArchDaily is publishing a mega-sculptures? Get back home and start wandering, what FORMALISM is!! Get back to your books and read a bit about Architecture!!

    Architecture is not a good visualisation, it has to be constructed from need. REAL NEED, NOT IMAGINED NEED.

    Ofcourse, we can design everything we only imagine, but we cannot tell it has sense. When I see designs like this I start to wander, WHERE THE HELL IS THINKING TODAY? Do architectural newcomers really think at all? Or just do some nice formal ideas?

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