Design better parking with Spacemaker

Product News
April 15, 2020

By Espen Kristian Wulff Wold, Data Scientist and Product Manager


Last month, my colleagues Sam Anklesaria and Karoline Skatteboe wrote an insightful article on conclusions from Spacemaker’s parking research. As they rightly pointed out, with both increased urbanization, and global car ownership — the demand for parking is only going to rise. When you also account for climbing real estate prices it becomes clear that developers and architects must find ways to design efficient parking areas.

Please note: The key figures of BYA, BTA and BRA in this example are specific to Norway. Spacemaker’s Parking feature is also available in other markets, where it is adjusted to country-specific needs, terminology and regulations.

For a while now, we’ve been looking at ways that Spacemaker can help tackle this problem. This week we’ve taken a first step with the launch of our Parking feature.


Parking in Spacemaker

With Spacemaker it is now possible for users to establish the number of parking spots they can fit within designated areas of a site. A user can also determine the area per parking spot, given the shape of a site.

Within our Sketch tool, the user can draw any polygon, and Spacemaker will instantly fill it with parking spots. The layout will depend on the shape of the area and the chosen parameters. The user is presented with an indication of how well a given area will meet the parking needs of the site.

How to use Parking in Spacemaker

If you are familiar with the Sketch function in Spacemaker already, then you’ll notice that the Parking feature works in a way that is similar to creating free form buildings. The area of parking structures is drawn and edited by placing each corner. Once the area is defined you will be automatically presented with a parking area layout.

The Parking feature offers a variety of parameters that can be set by the user. These include the width and length of each spot, lane width, the number of stories, and more.

It’s important that you have a thorough understanding of your parameters when using this feature. The more confidently you understand your parameters and restrictions, the more accurate the insights will be.

Finally, we recognise that it is often useful to ensure parts of a parking area do not contain any parking spots. Such areas could represent cores extending down from buildings above a parking basement, ramps for car access between stories, structural columns, or a number of other elements. We have created a ‘non-parking area’ drawing tool for this reason.


Moving up a gear

Over 50% of value creation for a site happens in the early stages of real-estate development. We see the Parking feature as an integral tool when looking at site concepts and conducting feasibility studies, or during the initial design and planning phase. While the tool is not a replacement for full-scale parking area design, it provides an indication of what is realistic within a site and gives data-driven support for early decision making.

This is just the start of a journey and one that we are excited to continue. You only have to look at some of the insights from Sam and Karoline’s article to get an indication of where we might go. Their team has been investigating factors in parking area efficiency such as one-way parking lanes, the impact of bay angles, and split parking areas. As we continue to grow the feature we will, as ever, ensure that research, development, and testing are at the heart of the product.

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If you are a developer, architect, engineer or municipality and you want more information on our Parking feature then please do get in touch with us at customer@spacemaker.ai

If you are a current customer then make sure you speak to your customer success manager on how this new tool can work for you, or read the user documentation here.

Please note: The key figures of BYA, BTA and BRA seen in images in this article are specific to Norway. Spacemaker’s Parking feature is also available in other markets, where it is adjusted to country-specific needs, terminology and regulations.