Driving into the Future

Located in the central CBD of Hangzhou, Future Car Park, designed by Daniel Statham Studio, is a vertical parking complex that combines automated parking technology with green public spaces, generating a capacity of 500 parking spaces for electric and non-electric vehicles.


Future Car Park consists of a series of futuristic towers in which cars are stacked by a lift and stacking system. The towers extend upwards and blossom into a connected roof form, accommodating entertainment facilities and roof gardens. The structure invents a new way for people to commute to urban hubs while creating an urban oasis that is a synthesis of the latest automated parking technologies, public and event spaces and hanging gardens for the public.

A fully-automated parking journey

Upon entering Future Car Park, the circulation of cars and people are separated at basement level -01. Cars are taken directly to the lower parking zones within the basement or stack parking zones within the towers. The automated parking system allocates a designated parking spot for each car based on the required parking time set by the user, while continuously adjusting parking arrangements according to the estimated pick-up time for each vehicle.

After entering the building, the user requests their car, which is returned to them by the automated system to the collection zone. They can then leave the building by choosing exit A or B, which guides them to the road system.

A breathing parking oasis

In many ways, the naturally sustainable building is an oasis that celebrates the harmony between car and city through breathtaking technology and architecture within a garden paradise. The semi-open-air quality of the building allows an abundance of natural ventilation and daylight that significantly reduces the energy consumption from mechanical equipment to warm and cool the building throughout the year. It harnesses sunlight and stormwater to irrigate and clean the building.

The architecture of the towers, with their porous cladding system, not only establishes the vertical structure for lateral stability of the whole building but acts as a ventilation system that penetrates into the basement areas of the building. Furthermore, the car park ventilates car fumes from non-electric vehicles around the basement edge via the sinuous ramping system and through the porous towers as a kind of 21st-century chimney.

Beyond parking

Future Car Park combines its structure with unique spaces to celebrate cars of the future while providing a healthy, invigorating environment for families, friends and businesses. The building complex comprises six circular towers and four orthogonal towers on the site’s edges. Three circular towers at the centre serve for car stacking, while the lifts in the other three circular towers allow visitors to ascend to the rooftop. The four columns at the corners of the site contain fire escapes. While a plaza naturally forms at level 01 and basement level -01 for people to congregate and engage with the surrounding parkland. Outside, the towers act like a canopy of trees, offering shade from the sun and rain.

This architecture generates outstanding public and commercial spaces. The building is transparent when in close proximity. The facade system is a louvred cladding that allows both a glimpse of the towers and automated parking technology and an outward aspect from the upper levels within the building. On the rooftop garden, people can enjoy an additional public space where fantastic views and perspectives of the city and the internal environment of this building are experienced.

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