TSAIA Parking Garage & Transportation Lobby

Anchorage, Alaska

Function and design at play.

“Playful” isn’t a word usually associated with parking structures, but it’s a concept that featured prominently in the design of the parking garage and transportation lobby at Alaska’s largest airport.

At 400,000 SF and with 1,200 parking spaces, the facility was designed with a number of external factors in mind, including integration with the existing terminal, future expansion, municipal design concerns, seismic requirements, passenger flow, and a desire to preserve the terminal’s scenic mountain views. Circulation elements such as escalators, elevators and stairs were expressed by projecting glass enclosures, which also enhanced security and passenger orientation.

The resulting design was surprisingly light, pleasant and, yes, playful, particularly for a building of its type.