Volvo Photo Locations Part 209
Parkaden is a parking garage for 800 cars, located at Regeringsgatan and Mäster Samuelsgatan in central Stockholm. Parkaden was built between 1963-1965. The property and the building is owned by the property company Hufvudstaden.
Parkaden is our parking garage above ground with NK as its closest neighbour and close to all the attractions Stockholm has to offer. Nearby you also find: Mood, PK-huset, Gallerian, Biblioteksstan, Kungsträdgården, the Royal Swedish Opera, the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Djurgården and the boats to the archipelago.
In relation with the Redevelopment of Norrmalm a twenty-storey car park was planned in central Stockholm that would give together up to 30,000 parking spaces. All was not built, but one of the first to be completed was Parkaden, in the place where Smålandsgatan once met Malmskillnadsgatan. The building was designed by Hans Asplund. He was also an architect of the department store NK’s extension along Government Street. Parkaden is the last surviving car park above ground from the sixties.
The parking garage Parkaden is designed according to the principle “slanted deck” with “express ramp”. This means that the cars at the entrance vertical movement obtained by the floors tilted upward in the direction of travel, so that a brand-turn driving in the housing corresponding to a floor height. At the exit, a so-called express ramp, which is a circular spiral exit ramp at the building’s short side to the northwest. Entrance and exit is made both to and from Regeringsgatan and Malmskillnadsgatan.
The building contains seven for parking purposes sloping floors above ground including the roof level. Parking boxes are tilted. Originally there was space for 960 cars, but after the adaptation of the parking boxes for the cars’ size has increased since the building was constructed is now space for 800 cars. In the ground floor are shops and a fitness center, KIT. In the southern part of the plant is a stairwell with four lifts, exit is Regeringsgatan, opposite the NK. The whole house is built of concrete, which façade elements have been designed with an openwork pattern of numbers indicating the floor. The figures are correctly oriented and mirror of each other in order to be readable both inside and outside the house. The figures forming an ornamental pattern which has been characteristic of Parkaden.
Volvo Cars / It’s your journey
In the next chapter of Made by Sweden, Volvo celebrates the stars of tomorrow. They’re singers, artists, designers, dancers and entrepreneurs. What binds them together is the fact that they all follow their hearts, dare to push boundaries and ignore norms. They know that it takes hard work and determination if you want to get ahead. And so do we. Because we believe the stars of tomorrow are those who have the courage today.
Patrik Guggenberger is a fashion designer from Stockholm via Bogotá. Inspired by the dark Scandinavian climate, his work is a unique take on clothing as an art form.
On the same morning, after spotting the Volvo crew at Mäster Samuelsgatan, while sitting at my office in central Stockholm I spotted the same crew in the car parking, just outside my window. Great to see how the crew works with the set, light and location. At one moment, I counted 25 persons involved in the shoot.