Brooks + Scarpa architectural practice was commissioned to design improvements for eight garages in various locations close to Santa Monica’s 3rd street Promenade in 2011.
They have put all kinds of interesting ideas into the project, taking their inspiration from things such as the Gee’s Bend quilt makers to the manufacturers of shipping pallets in order to try our different patterns and combinations of materials.
The façade of the building is designed out of a single panel made from cement board slats that actually take their form from a simple pallet although a quite large one, – of 10 feet by 16 feet. They are arranged in different positions and thus do not seem to be repetitive offering both functionality and efficiency on top of its esthetic function.
Apart from the facades they also upgraded and improved the retail on the ground level, they built a bike station, added a sculptural signage by Cliff Garten Studio and enhanced the LED lighting to offer a more contemporary feeling and also extra security. All these changes are meant to renew the experience of the visitors and offer a more pleasing overall design.
Along with the garages they also set the infrastructure for the addition of 1000 solar panel overhead canopies on the roofs of the parking to offer the electric energy needed for the complex and also several other of the city’s buildings.