PARKING GARAGE RENOVATION LEADS TO NEW CIVIC PARK

GALENA PLAZA

ASPEN, CO

 

AN UNEXPECTED OUTCOME

This project was inspired by the city's need to replace the roof of the Rio Grande Parking Garage due to extensive leakage. The newly designed plaza creates connected pedestrian oriented spaces between Main Street, Pitkin County Library and Galena Park utilizing a vocabulary of naturalistic forms and elements.


A NEW COMMUNITY ASSET

The transformation of the garage roof into a central open park lawn creates a new community asset. The design articulates subtle land forms along the sides to allow groves of deciduous trees to provide shade, color and form to the park setting. An amphitheater with seating terraces suitable for outdoor music and theater performances is sited at the expanded northern edge of the public open space and takes advantage of excellent views to the Roaring Fork River and Red Mountain.


AWARDS

2017 AIA Colorado West Chapter Design Excellence Award

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