Today I added a news item to the Parking Network website entitled "Do Parking garages always have to look ugly?". This article was about the modern designs of Skyline's parking garages. And that made me think about the parking garages that I know. They really are quite ugly sometimes. Well, maybe not ugly, but boring. Concrete walls and floor as far as the eye can reach, in grey colors. That's what made me want tot look for beautiful, modern and 'different' garages for today's blog. This is what I found: Some of the greatest designs
Autostadt CarTowers in Wolfsberg, Germany
This amazing science fiction-looking garage is located in Germany. The garages in fully auomated: You can;'t drive your car in yourself, but if you visit Autostadt you are able to take a ride in a glass cube that is attached to the robotic arms that lift cars up and down this 20 storey parking tower.
1111 Lincoln Road parking garage in Miami, Florida, US
This modern parking structure was built in 2010 by
Herzog & de Meuron Architekten. In the bottom part
of the parking garage are shops located, the top in
home to an office.
The different parking slots vary in height.
Photo's by Nelson Garrido
Michigan Theater Parking Garage in Detroit, Michigan
In the Michigan Theater Parking Garage you see
the old history of a forgotten Theater. The Michigan Theater once was a place for socialite and the center of the entertainment industry in Detroit, but now it is forgotten and turn into a parking garage. But when you park your car inside, you can still see the historic architecture of the old theater.
Eureka Carpark Melbourne
In Melbourne, Australia, one artist did something special with is painting giving the car park has a happy look. This painted wayfinding system forms itself when you approache the letters. Long colourfull lines form words like "OUT" and "UP".
Car Park One of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, US
Car Park One in Oklahoma City is a real eyecatcher.
In 2012 this car park was named Best Design by the International Parking Institute. Elliott and Associates Architects designed the car park with the clear goal that they didn't want it to look like a car park from the outside. The outside of the building changes colors as the sun rises and sets.
Do you want to read more about these and other amazing car park designs?
Read this article about ten modernist masterpieces on Thecoolest website.