Cable Car parking
The walled Old City of Dubrovnik is a popular tourist attraction and generates a large flow of people and traffic. In response to the low capacity of parking facilities and the large amount of traffic in the narrow streets, the municipality formulated the European designer-brief which asked for a new traffic hub to the north side of the old city wall to be designed.
The design brief emphasizes the need to accommodate a bus terminal and a large scale parking-structure for 1100 cars that also includes a considerable amount of cultural amenities to improve life for residents. The planned location for this traffic structure coincides with another tourist attraction; the base station of the Dubrovnik Cable Car, a modern cable car that boasts panoramic views over the Old City and the Adriatic Sea.
The building mass that is needed to park 1100 cars is of such spatial impact that building this volume above ground is undesirable and constructing it underground is unaffordable. Moreover, an inner-city traffic hub will undoubtedly lead to an increased congestion of the historical streets.
Fortunately, the neighbouring cable car brings solace. Halfway along the track it crosses a highway that connects the city of Dubrovnik with the airport. Remarkably at this exact crossing a vacant lot of land is positioned with a magnificent view over the city and sea. By moving the bus-terminal and half of the parking volume to this uphill location, most of the tourist traffic is kept out of town and the downhill location space is saved to house the desired cultural program. The uphill parking structure doubles as motel with the best views in town. By commuting tourists by cable car between the hillside traffic hub and the Old city, parking becomes an attraction in itself.