Bird's eye view of the new facility
Study of bamboo screen planting
Illustratvie design plan
Design materials

University of California Berkeley
Underhill Parking Facility and Recreation Field

Bridging Documents
Landscape Architecture
Environmental Signage
2.25 acres
1,000 cars|
Associate Architect
Watry Design
Award of Excellence and Honorable Mention Architectural Award from the International Parking Institute, 2009



Top: Bird’s eye view looking west

Bottom: Materials

Top: Study of light bamboo screen

The Underhill Parking Facility and Recreation Field will be one of the largest open spaces in the Southside neighborhood. As a “park in a city,” the structure is integrated with the adjacent landscape. The garage facades are designed to be garden walls, layered with both architectural and landscape elements, punctuated by park structures, such as stairs, elevators, air shafts, storage, and toilet buildings. The streetscapes along Channing Way and Haste Street extend the architectural layering of the building facade through the use of bamboo, shrubs, grasses, and street trees.

As a public gathering space, the plaza is the primary pedestrian access to both the field and the parking structure. The plaza accommodates heavy pedestrian traffic along College Avenue and a bus stop. A broad concave curve extends from Channing Way to Haste Street, unifying the plaza.

Location: Berkeley, California
Responsibilities: Principal-in-charge; Sasaki Associates

Bottom: Illustrative plan view