The Robotic Parking System built for Al Jahra Court Complex in Kuwait is one of ten on the global shortlist for the World’s Coolest Car Parks competition for 2018 (#WCCP18).
With 2,314 spaces, the Robotic Parking System at Al Jahra holds the Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Automated Parking Facility’.
Martin Mansell, Managing Director of Looking4.com and one of the awards judges, said: “Our top ten demonstrate imagination, innovation and inspiration from architects around the globe, buildings we’d be happy queuing to park our cars in – we look forward to seeing which the public vote as the world’s coolest car park.”
Sophie Killip at DesignCurial and fellow judge, said: “As a design-led website, we were particularly interested in how the architects had used the space in intriguing and clever ways, challenging the traditional view of car parks and transforming the buildings into something exciting.”
We would love to have your vote for Kuwait’s Al Jahra Court Robotic Parking System. Voting ends on 30 June. VOTE HERE!
The Façade of a Robotic Parking System Fits Harmoniously within the Environment
Architects and developers have complete freedom in designing the external appearance of a robotic parking facility – imagination is the only limit.
Any type of façade (brick, living wall, concrete, aluminum or glass) can hang onto the clean outside structural support system of a Robotic Parking garage. All of the machinery, lifts and automation components are installed inside the supporting structure and never interfere with the façade.
This ensures that the garage can fit harmoniously into any project or neighborhood. Entry / exit terminals can also be integrated into the façade environment, while observing both visual as well as functional criteria.
The Robotic Parking System can be constructed in every form — above ground, underground, on roofs or inside a building complex.
Here are a few examples of project designs that incorporate robotic parking.
The modular design of the Robotic Parking System provides for a variety of possibilities in the arrangement of different machine components.
The motions in our automated garage along the three axes—x, y, and z—are performed by independent machinery. This allows us to use different combinations of machines and, therefore, adjust the design of the garage to fit the necessary peak traffic (PT) handling for a specific project.
This diagram shows the relationship of installed components and concurrent capacities of handling certain numbers of cars per hour.
This design factor also ensures the security and reliability of the system. Every Robotic Parking System machine manufactured in the USA has built-in redundant components. Also, at least two of each type of machine for a particular motion is installed for each sector of operations. Both of the machines can perform the same tasks at the same time. Therefore, if one machine needs maintenance or repair, there is always a backup machine for that sector to keep the cars moving into and out of the garage.
This translates into a very high level of reliability and ensures uninterrupted operations. No single component failure will ever result in the system being inoperable.
The basic layout of the Robotic Parking System design is a modular base of 2.4 m x 6 m and requires a typical concrete slab / mat foundation (that is the preferable solution due to the low required soil pressure of 30 to 50 PSI), a steel structure (or in some cases concrete support ) and the automation machinery riding on the provided supporting set of beams and columns.
The steel structure is a kind of erector set with the needed amount of levels (not floors because there are no ceilings – it is an open rack structure). It is composed of columns and beams with sufficient bracing to meet all loads resulting from external impacts like wind, snow and earthquake as well as internal loads. This steel structure can also support the horizontal and vertical loads of the roof and the facade. Therefore, the roof and facade do not need separate super structures and can be attached to the actual steel structure with vibration and sound absorbing anchor elements.
In the case of a mixed use development, there are two possibilities. Either a concrete structure can be utilized as the supporting system for the automated parking machinery, or the supporting structures for the building and the parking facility can be separated which will eliminate any special requirements to avoid the transfer of sound or vibration into the actual building structure whether it’s an office, apartment / condo, retail or entertainment space.
Since the system provides for a closed facade and roof to architecturally blend into the neighborhood, and to protect and shelter the vehicles; there is a practical need for a fire fighting system such as a sprinkler system. (See NFPA 88A for the full requirements for such automated parking facilities.) Lighting can be eliminated and ventilation requirements are much reduced to 2 ACH (air changes per hour) which can be achieved in most cases through natural ventilation.
Per existing national codes, no other special provisions need to be met for permitting purposes since the building is treated like a conventional storage building. It may however be necessary to adjust the zoning codes as several municipalities have done in the past to accommodate for the reduced sizes of the parking spaces of 7 x 19 feet – no need for turning radii, slope for ramps and width of drive aisles as there are none.
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A major factor in the reduction of product liability for Robotic Parking Systems is the use of pallets as a key component of the company’s parking design and technology. Utilizing pallets in the automatic parking system prevents the dripping of oil, acids or salt water onto cars from either the parking system machinery or the cars on upper levels. It also guarantees that no machinery or other people ever touch the vehicle.
Here you can see a vehicle being moved on its pallet.
Robotic Parking Systems was featured in the artlce “The world’s strangest car parks” by MSN Cars contributor JD Van Zyl.
Van Zyl wrote “Drive up to the car park linked to Dubai’s impressive Ibn Battuta Gate and you could be forgiven for thinking it nothing more than a single garage. But behind its unpretentious facade hides the world’s largest robot car park – capable of storing 765 vehicles and dealing with a staggering 250 cars an hour.”
Robotic Parking Systems has surveyed hundreds of architects and developers from around the world.
One of the questions we asked was “What sort of opportunities does automated parking create?”
52% of those surveyed said it frees up space for design aspects and development
38% said it provided more parking for limited space
Automated parking garages can part twice as many cars in the same amount of space as a conventional ramp-style parking garage. Or, park the same number of cars in half the space. This gives architects more space for design features and helps developers get a better return on their investment.