Safiiriparkki – Visual identity and wayfinding for a parking garage

For Lujatalo and KSBR

Color coordination, informative illustrations, signage, and a green roof for a parking garage.

Location: Kivistö, Vantaa, Finland

Color coordination and color design in cooperation with L Arkkitehdit Oy. Designing the green roof in cooperation with Vireo.

Year: 2019

We began the project by making a color analysis of the surrounding neighborhood, and found that it’s marked by dark-colored facades with accents of intensive color. The area’s existing parking garages rely both on graphic elements and the use of color as distinguishing factors. The main aim for the Safiiriparkki parking garage was to create a cohesive combination of architecture, material, and visual elements that fit in harmoniously with the surrounding urban environment.

Rust-colored, weathering Corten steel was chosen as the facade material to fit the shades of brick and ochre found in the surrounding area. The chosen material also distinguishes the parking house from residential buildings.

The visual concept was inspired by agate stone patterns. Illustrated stripes on windows, walls, and floors guide the user. These stripes are both practical and artistic: they indicate the floor numbering while also creating a play of light and shadow in the space.

The green roof – which can be seen from the adjacent high-rise buildings – follows the same visual concept. Here, stonecrops in red and yellow alternate with black and white stone gravel. The visual identity adds character and detail to the architecture.

The signage and the guiding illustrations are designed to make orientation easier and improve the user experience. The stripes enhance the facade and brighten up the concrete surfaces indoors. The neon signs on the facade add contrast to the steel surface and create a feeling of human scale. The green roof with its graphic lines and shapes creates an interesting view for those who walk on the rooftop or see it from the surrounding buildings.

Photography by Kuvatoimisto Kuvio Oy

Want to hear more? Please contact:

Kaisa Berry

Environmental artist, Architect 50 534 8839