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  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Parking
  4. The Netherlands
  5. Mei Architecten
  6. 2011
  7. Gnome Parking Garage / Mei Architecten

Gnome Parking Garage / Mei Architecten

  • 01:00 - 30 October, 2013
Gnome Parking Garage / Mei Architecten
© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch
  • Architects

  • Location

    Straat van Florida, 1334 Almere, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Robert Winkel, Menno van der Woude, Hennie Dankers, Robert Platje, Pepijn Berghout, Maurice de Ruijter, Nars Broekharst
  • Area

    14500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch + 17

  • Constructor

    Pieters Bouwtechniek Almere
  • Construction

    Koopmans Bouw
© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch

Text description provided by the architects. The development of the Gnome parking garage, with 413 parking spaces, is part of the expansion of the city centre of Almere-Buiten. Features of this plan are a lot of green and a clear urban structure. At the architectural level many experiments with innovative materialisation and new constructions have been made, as also in the Gnome parking garage.

© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch

The special facade of the garage contains natural elements, like integrated plant containers with specific plants based on the orientation of the facade.

© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch

By using a vacuum forming technique – commonly utilized in the automotive industry  – the perforated facade panels show characteristic images of the province of Flevoland like birds, windmills, garden gnomes and bird houses. The perforation of the sheeting supplies natural ventilation in the parking garage and creates an open atmosphere, especially at night. 

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: " Gnome Parking Garage / Mei Architecten" 30 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/442613/gnome-parking-garage-mei-architecten/> ISSN 0719-8884