This car park located at Fisher Street in Cabramatta was designed for Fairfield City Council and has capacity for 180 vehicles over three levels with integrated bicycle parking, cafe concession and operator’s office.
Funded by the Commonwealth Nation Building Program and designed to a modest budget, this efficient 5000m2 building maximises the operational usage of the site in a densely packed urban environment, whilst minimising both the use of materials during construction and ongoing energy consumption.
The blackbutt timber facade achieves a natural, sophisticated, textured aesthetic, that ages gracefully over time. It also acts as a canvas for an urban artwork undertaken by local artists, with images of fish formed from integrated blackbutt batons placed between the main slats.
Technically, the facade is designed to be a simple and economic solution that elegantly addresses several requirements simultaneously: natural ventilation, vehicle restraint, security and material resilience. The other structural components are also optimised to minimise material use and ongoing maintenance.
Environmentally, the building features a 30kW, 180 panel grid connected solar array that accounts for over 35% of the building’s annual energy needs.