Architects: KCAP Architects & Planners, studioSK
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Ronald Tilleman
From the architect. The park and ride facility P+R De Uithof in Utrecht is completed. It is the largest parking garage of the province of Utrecht. It is located on De Uithof campus area in the East of the city and in close proximity to the highway crossing of A27 and A28. It was commissioned by the municipality of Utrecht, the University of Utrecht, the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and the UMC (University Medical Centre). The architectural concept was developed by KCAP Architects&Planners together with studioSK / Movares.
This new transferium offers 2000 parking spaces over 9 levels and a central space with bus and tram station, bike shelter and commercial spaces on the ground floor. It accommodates 1500 parking spaces for people working on the campus and 500 spaces for commuters to the centre of Utrecht via public transport.
The building presents a distinguished shape with identity and character created by its bent contour, sloping floors and selective levels that open up to the views. The open and transparent layout contributes to its quality as a public building and guarantees a clear orientation and a safe atmosphere for the users.
The central atrium is the heart of the building. Natural daylight, the spectacular staircases and the trees make the atrium the central space for all visitors and users of public transport. It is the core of the building and acts as an anchor for orientation.
Two climbing walls are placed at the entry of P+R De Uithof. They highlight the entrance visually and encourage use of the public space on the campus. The climbing walls have been integrated into the design on request of the Utrecht’s sports council and in commission of the University of Utrecht.