California Speed Wash

Simi Valley, California

This automated Self Serve Carwash is located on a very small prime corner parcel in Simi Valley, California.  In addition to solving some very challenging vehicle stacking and circulation problems the design of this dual tunnel system maximizes the day lighting by covering both the walls and roof areas with a translucent insulated panel product.  Due to its prominent location the exterior design incorporates a stone clad screen wall, which also integrates the project’s signage.  A tower element is located above the office cashier station and a system of trellises help organize the compact spatial and circulation zones on the site.  While referencing a more traditional architecture many of the details and forms are clearly developed in a more modern vocabulary.