Amsterdam is a lovely and charming city with its multitude of canals bordered
by tree-lined streets and its distinctive gabled architecture. So, how do you
provide more than 4 dozen new parking spaces to support a 5-star hotel without
disturbing the mood and character of the area?
Why not tear down 3 or 4 buildings to put
in a conventional parking garage? That might work. However, it would be very
difficult to disguise such a structure, and eliminating that many buildings
might well change the nature of the neighborhood.
Why not build a parking garage underground?
A great idea! No need to tear down any buildings. Just provide an
entrance/exit. But, there’s a problem that comes from Netherlands’ most famous
resource…water. The high water table limits the depth of excavations such that
a conventional underground parking garage becomes unworkable.
A surface parking lot is out of the
Use the already limited on-street parking;
most of which is occupied by local residents? Probably not a good idea or
Here’s the way we did it. Can you find the
parking spaces in this peaceful street scene?
They’re right there…behind the black wooden
It’s an automated parking system, the
majority of which is underground.
Now, you ask about the water table problem.
Since an automated parking system is much more space and volume efficient than
a parking garage, much less excavation depth (and width) was needed.
The fully automated parking system contains
49 parking spaces and perfectly blends in with the architecture and the
neighborhood. It not only provides parking for the hotel but local residents as
The next time you’re in the vicinity of Prinsengracht
311 – 1016 Amsterdam,
stop in and enjoy a delightful parking experience.