Amsterdam – design audit for car park

Spark conducted a design audit of a to-be-built parking facility in one of Amsterdam’s trendiest hotspots.

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Just behind Amsterdam’s Central Station, on the other side of the river IJ, is the 22-storey A’DAM tower building situated. Located next to the spaceship-like EYE film museum, A’DAM has been transformed into an iconic multifunctional tower. It is now home to a mix of offices, cafés, restaurants, a hotel, an observation point and a revolving restaurant. To best serve visitors to both A’DAM and the EYE buildings, a new car park was called for.

Spark conducted a design audit and had an advisory role in the design and layout of the new car park. In first instance, we checked whether the drawings of the car park were compliant with NEN 2443¹ guidelines. This included verifying entrance and exit dimensions, available buffer space, routing for pedestrians and motorists, dimensions of parking spaces and driving space, ramp gradients, walking distance to escape routes, construction specifications, floor heights and parking capacity for disabled users.

Based on the recommendations made by Spark, the architect was able to adapt his plans and specifications for successful completion of the parking facility.

¹NEN 2443 are the Dutch unified design standards and recommendations on parking facilities for passenger cars