Philadelphia Museum of Art, Parking Structure

This 442-car parking garage stands within the Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden on the grounds of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Built into a hillside and obscured by boulder walls, it is almost entirely underground. A handsome glass pavilion with a landscaped roof marks the pedestrian entrance.

The project is notable for its sustainable design elements, foremost of which is the inclusion of what amounts to 26,000 SF of green roof space. This results in a net reduction in impervious surface area, and allowed for the elimination of mechanical ventilation through the insertion of areaways to bring air and light deep into the garage. The project earned a commendation from the United States Environmental Protection Agency for design and “leading the way.”

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Atkin Olshin Schade Architects
Landscape Architect: OLIN
Photography: Jeffrey Totaro