The new RAI Amsterdam parking building was opened on Thursday, 6 October 2016 by a crowd of happily honking customers, builders, business partners, colleagues and neighbours. Guests to this unique drive-in opening were treated to a cool video clip which they could watch from the comfort of their cars.
Parking and exhibiting in a single building
In the course of just one year, an imposing new building has risen on the A10 motorway, Amsterdam’s ring road. The RAI’s 30-metre, eight-layer parking building with its distinctive design is truly multifunctional: the first floor is twice as high as the others and has a direct connection to the surrounding halls, allowing it to double as a 2,800 m² event space.
Expansion of the Zuidas
The growth of the surrounding Zuidas business district over the past decade has resulted in various car parks being built over in the immediate vicinity. Thanks to the new parking garage, which can accommodate 1,000 cars, the RAI has brought its parking capacity back to the desired level of 4,000 places. In fact, the new building means that RAI Amsterdam now has enough parking to accommodate even larger international multi-day events on its own site. On days when no events take place, the building serves as a P+R location for the City of Amsterdam, and residents and affiliates who work on the Zuidas can also park there.
The parking building was designed by Mels Crouwel of Benthem Crouwel Architects and reflects the high urban planning demands of the Zuidas and ESPA certification needs. The building was realised by construction company Aan de Stegge Twello based on a design & build contract. Both partners have contributed to the creation of the design as well as the construction of the parking building.