How automated parking systems enable urban architecture

Saving space, pleasant user experience and improving urban living – robotic parking combines major benefits to client and user

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As cityscapes around the world change, architects face the challenge of integrating parking space into new or existing real-estate in densely built-up urban environments. While there is growing ambition to replace cars as prime mobility tool, we’re far from realizing this goal. Most innercity revitalizations today require structured parking. Where space is tight, access ramps or the radius of a conventional parking garage may be hard to fit.

Because robotic parking systems require neither of these, nor access for pedestrians, they can place up to 60% more cars in the same space – increasing the RoI on parking spaces and creating significant cost savings in the construction phase. In either case, the user experience in robotic parking systems – brightly lit entrance areas, safe vehicle retrieval processes and reduced car fumes as the search for parking is effectively eliminated – is second to none.

Public and residential parking - major benefits for clients in two common project types

Wether our clients are planning large public parking facilities or mainly private quartier parking areas, Lödige Industries is providing a parking solution matching the individual requirements for both. The CUBILE parking technology aims to serve parking facilities with a high parking turnover and capacity, such as public parking garages. It impresses with its fast retrieval times. In contrast, the 5BY2 parking technology is pallet-based and provides a flexible and particularly space saving parking solution for quartier or residential parking.

In planning a new car park, integrating an automated parking system can make the difference in creating the required number of parking spaces to achieve approval of financial close. Due to the absence of ramps, drive-and walkways, the number of parking spaces is maximised. In addition, the algorithms of Lödige Industries‘ proprietary management software ensures cars are parked in the best possible space given current levels of usage and retrieval patterns.

Glass doors, brightly lit areas and a comfortable and friendly user experience are the hallmark of the Lödige Industries automated parking systems, such as the one in DOKK1 in Denmark. As there is no need for customers to enter the parking levels, the parking cabin is serving as the first and only touchpoint for customers. Creating a comfortable user environment is fully up to the client and the design of the parking cabins.

DOKK1 in Aarhus provides comfortable automated parking since 2015.

Park and hide – removing structured parking from urban cityscapes

In 2015, Schmidt Hammer Lassen opened DOKK1 in Aarhus, Denmark. As Scandinavia's largest public library it represents a new generation of modern hybrid libraries and houses a CUBILE robotic parking system, with close to 1000 parking spaces. Situated at the mouth of the Aarhus River, it is located in one of the most prominent sites of the city. The parking facility, built by Lödige Industries, delivers on the client’s goal of providing enough parking spaces as well as an exciting user experience. It also addresses the owner’s aim of improving the urban living space for both users and passers-by. Peter Kjølby, COO of Realdania By & Byg, confirmed in 2018: “Our ambition was to provide a parking solution that will set new standards of parking comfort […] and the automated parking facility Lödige Industries has built for us echoes this and continues to deliver on this day in and out, after three years of operations.”

The 5BY2 technology has been used in more than 60 locations worldwide since 1992. In 2017 it was used to enable a private car park in downtown Manhatten. The luxury condominium building in New York, Elizabeth Street is designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Tadao Ando. As the building offers seven one-of-a-kind residences, the key issue was to provide one space per condominium. Due to its felixibility, the automated parking system enabled the client to provide enough parking spaces. Installing the 5BY2 pallet technology was the only way to enable an additional 7th parking space.

Successful project in BLOX improves urban living in Copenhagen.

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