Multivalent louvered screen veils 7-level parking structure at front door of teaching medical campus in Sacramento, CA
Parking Structure III serves as the new front door for patients and family members arriving this large and complex medical campus in Sacramento. The 7-level structure adds 1,200 spaces, advanced parking technology, up-to-the-minute LED parking availability counts, and a lots of natural light in the interior for safety and security. Suspended over the precast concrete structure, a louvered shade screen veils the building from the street and creates privacy for the adjacent patient rooms.
With a challenging site in a very prominent location, the new parking structure is fast becoming an icon representing the campus. "Combining the need for screening and privacy, the solution created a stunning, textured veil." says principal architect and designer, Jason A. Silva. "The nearly four-thousand louvers covering the facade slope at varied angles, casting changing shadows throughout the day not only reflecting the dense tree canopy that Sacramento is so famous for, but also gives an appearance of a DNA chart - a nod to the advanced medical research done at the University." As a nod to its function, the screen becomes animated with the lights from the passing automobiles - engaging the building with the street.
The louvers are designed to address multiple functional criteria. On the southern elevations (facing the streets) the fins tilt out from the top, bouncing light into each floor level while reflecting color and light from the outside street. On the elevation facing the hospital, the fins are angled out at the bottom to maintain privacy for the patients in the adjacent hospital towers, while allowing visibility down to the street. The space created by the large projection from the face of the building (from 12 inches up to 15 feet offset) allows light to travel down to the lower levels and reflect back into the garage.
Winner of 2013 American Institute of Architects | California Council Firm Award, Dreyfuss & Blackford Architects is a Northern California architectural firm that specializes in planning, design and project delivery for the built environment. Since 1950, the firm serves corporate, public, healthcare and institutional markets with innovative solutions achieved through collaboration and innovation. Committed to a sustainable future, Dreyfuss & Blackford brings expertise in architecture, planning, interiors, facilities planning, graphic design, and construction services.
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