The first phase of the master plan for the existing GSA owned land in the Hato Rey area of San Juan, Puerto Rico was to develop the design of the 500 space federal garage and associated access and roadways improvements. It was important that a unified composition be created and a primary entrance to the federal campus reestablished. The design presents a solution that addresses several important goals and objectives while furthering design innovation, garage planning and contextual concerns. Respecting the original vocabulary of the site, the design of the garage achieves an overall cohesive and aesthetic composition.
The design reallocates pedestrian circulation to the front of the garage, engaging the users with the outdoors and away from the parked vehicles.
The west facade, it’s most prominent public face, scribes the open lawn of the federal plaza and guides one from the entry gate to the federal complex. Emulating the concrete fins of the existing two buildings, the garage design incorporates resin blades that appear lightweight, translucent, and represent a more contemporary aesthetic and technological solution. These fins mottle the light during the progressive phases of the day and changes in season.
Crowning the west elevation is a long, floating wing that houses an array of solar panels used to charge a fleet of electric vehicles within the garage. This wing, in consort with additional solar panels, will bring the garage to a Net Zero energy consumption use.