NIRAS car in basement parking

Park your car in an underground bookshelf

In 2018 it will be possible to park your car in Denmark’s most innovative fully automatic underground car park within a stone’s throw from Copenhagen town hall square.

30. Nov 2017

Dokk1 in Aarhus has the biggest. BLOX in Copenhagen has the newest: A fully automatic underground car park where cars are parked without the driver lifting a finger.

At the moment there are five such facilities in Denmark, and NIRAS has been the prime force in all of them:

“Firstly, the facility in Nørre Allé in Copenhagen was built in 2010. Later came Dokk1’s facility with room for one thousand cars. The facility in BLOX is our fifth of the kind and the most innovative. Through the years we have challenged and improved the technology behind. That means that the facilities today are faster and take up less space,” tells Steffen Wissing, Managing Consultant, Process Industry, NIRAS.

Basement before house

Together with Realdania By og Byg and OMA NIRAS has made the fundamental dimensioning and the conceptual design.

“In a complex project like this you have to design the basement before the rest of the house. We have made the coordination and the follow up, and right now we are testing the facility in order for it to be ready for use in January 2018,” Steffen tells.

A space-saving car park

The fully automatic underground car park takes up less space than ordinary car parks. That is a strong argument in these days where more and more parking spaces are being closed in Copenhagen, Steffen thinks.

“Fully automatic underground car parks are smart because they are efficient in terms of space and are much cheaper than regular car parks. They can be part of the solution to the growing crowd of cars in Copenhagen. The facility beneath BLOX, that will also accommodate Danish Architecture Center, will be open for everyone – also as a compensation for the smaller parking space that was located here before.”

Room for more cars than expected

The facility’s use of new technology made it possible to have room for even more cars than first expected. The facility uses grippers to catch the car’s wheels and pack the cars so they lie end to end. The grippers take up less space and result in an average saving of 1 meter per car.

“The new method made it possible to make room for 13 % more cars – from 309 to 348 cars. It is a notable change and makes it all cheaper,” Steffen tells.