Volkswagen’s Car Park at AutoStadt by HENN Architekten
Volkswagen’s car park at AutoStadt in Wolfsburg, Germany was created by HENN Architekten as a temporary storage for new vehicles, but also as a tool used to create a stunning delivery process for all customers.
This parking lot is comprised of two 20-story, 60 meters tall tube shaped towers that are large enough to hold 400 cars each. The towers are made of glass and galvanized steel and wonderfully illuminated at night. The 700 meter long underground tunnel connects the car park to the factory.
The cars are transported automatically from the factory to the basement of the car park towers where they are taken to their temporary position by mechanical arms that are placed in the middle of the towers. The vehicles are delivered to the buyers who come to Wolfsburg the same way. This process has two advantages.
The first one is that the car is transported quicker and safer and that the odometer shows that the car has covered no distance on its wheels, which definitely gives new meaning to the phrase ‘brand new’ in automotive industry.
This kind of a solution, apart from being stunning from the inside and the outside, also uses only 20% of the space that a conventional car park for that many vehicles would take up.
Another perk is a panoramic glass elevator that allows the visitors to reach the deck on the top floor from where they can enjoy lovely views of the factory as well as of the countryside and the town of Wolfsburg.
How successful this is we can see from the fact that 37% of all new Volkswagen cars buyers in Germany actually travel to the AutoStadt to pick up their new car in person. [via] watch video below