Parking in Montréal’s Old Port is a hard task, as most of its parking spaces are small. Parking structures are usually modern and functional, and althought they do not blend in today’s Old Port architecture, they are the expression of our north american way of life.
By bringing back cars in the Old Port, one takes a strong position in what the architecture should be about: today’s users. One point where the Old Port is lacking in order for new families to settle there is the presence of daycare centres. Hence, my program is splitted between a revolving spiral of parking and a vertically-organised nursery.
Kids like seeing cars moving around. Parents like to be able to park near their children’s day care. Residents want more parking, and a closer day care. The two seemingly different programs are in fact only the reunion of the two most precious jewels of the north american family: kids&cars.