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Haver & Boecker - A Car Park that does not look like a Car Park

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“The focus was on functionality, safety, compatibility with the existing Chesapeake Energy campus architecture, and reinvention of the typical parking garage image while making it fun for the daily users of this garage.“ (Elliott + Associates Architects)

The main site of Chesapeake Energy Corporation is located at Oklahoma City in the US-State of Oklahoma. The company is recognized as one of the biggest onshore deliverers of oil and gas in the U.S.A.  Elliott + Associates Architects were assigned to construct a car park at the site for more than 800 cars on four levels, with a total surface of approximately 28,000 m².

The architects focused on functionality, safety and the integration into the existing architecture of the Chesapeake Energy Campus without duplication. Their brief was to create a building that should be unrecognizable as a parking garage. At first glance it should appear as an office building. The cars inside should not be visible from the outside during the day or night-time. The exterior should respond to the constantly changing light and colour of the Oklahoma sky.  To make the architectural mass “dissolve” into the sky.  Think “brick shadow” and soft sky reflections

To achieve a homogenous surface with only 25% open area, Haver & Boecker designed a new mesh specification using slightly crimped flat wires: LARGO PLENUS 2022 made from Stainless Steel T316. Small gaps between each element provide minimal interference for the integrity of the mesh façade.  In full sunlight the mesh façade appears fully opaque and the building is not recognizable as a parking garage. To further accentuate the structure, aluminium outriggers have been added to the south and east elevation, which create interesting linear shadows on the mesh itself.

Haver & Boecker provided 117 elements of woven wire cloth with a total surface of 3,200 m². The standard elements at all four façade sides measure 10 m x 3 m. They are tensioned over the continuous length from top to bottom. Together with the architects and contractors Haver & Boecker developed a special invisible tensioning system, customized to further enhance the aesthetics.

Aside from the aluminium outriggers the east façade is equipped with another architectural feature. In the centre 10 black mesh panels are set back facing inside the parking garage. Although the mesh façade disguises the building on the outside, from the inside it still provides a high degree of transparency when looking out. With an open area of only 25%, the mesh is still open enough to be able to recognize buildings, natural elements and people outside of the garage. At the same time it provides adequate airflow to allow for natural ventilation. Even though the Oklahoma weather can be hot and humid in the summer, LARGO PLENUS 2022 cools down the air significantly and provides comfortable shading inside the garage. Each level is colour coded to give visual orientation and to create an enjoyable, cheerful atmosphere.

In 2009 Elliott + Associates Architects won the following awards with Car Park One at Chesapeake:  International Architecture Award in Florence, the International Architecture Award of the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.  In 2010 further awards followed including the Award of Excellence, Category I and Award of Merit, Category V from the International Parking Institute.


H&B Wire Fabrications Ltd
Units 30-32 Tatton Court
Kingsland Grange
Phone: 01925 819515 - Fax: 01925 831773
E-Mail: architecture@hbwf.co.uk



Ennigerloher Str. 64
59302 OELDE, Germany
Phone: +49-(0)25 22-30 684 - Fax: +49-(0)25 22-30 767
E-Mail: architecture@weavingideas.com

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