2017 Best of Design Awards for Infrastructure: 10th and Wyandotte Parking Garage

Architect: BNIM
Location: Kansas City, Missouri

A collaboration between an architecture firm and a ceramics artist provides much-needed parking in the urban core of Kansas City, integrating green space and artful possibilities. The artist’s process for crafting the ceramic inserts was a thoughtful effort to make the garage beautiful from a distance and to the touch. A palette of eight colors makes the tiles visible from far away and contrasts with the precast concrete. Up close, there is a subtle pattern on the tile surfaces. The team made the conscious decision for the ceramics to be the only rounded shape in the design, softening the hard, orthogonal lines of the structure. Working within code and building requirements, and collaborating with the engineers, the artist created more than 2,000 dimorphic, stretched-out oval tiles.

“It is always good to see the parking garage go from eyesore to moment of respite in the city. The collaboration of the BNIM and Brayman has produced a beautiful and unexpected facade.” – Matt Shaw, senior editor, The Architect’s Newspaper (juror)

Andy Brayman / The Matter Factory

MC Realty Group

Structural Engineer:
Bob D. Campbell

MEP Engineer:
Custom Engineering

Civil Engineer:
Taliaferro & Browne

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