The World's 10 Coolest Parking Garages, by Zipcar
Does “cool parking garage” sound like an oxymoron? Maybe that’s because most garages are boxy, unimaginative concrete structures. A March 21 post on Zipcar’s “Ziptopia” blog offers photos and descriptions of 10 garages from around the globe — from the sci-fi-esque Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany, to a London car park that houses a roof bar and art gallery to a library garage in Kansas City, Missouri, that looks like a gigantic bookshelf — that “are actually really, really cool.”
Here’s the complete list:
- 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami, “the perfect South Beach car park: showy, glamorous, and open to the humid, Floridian air.”
- Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park, London, which features an art gallery and a rooftop pop-up bar.
- Millennium Point, Birmingham, England, which seems to glow in the dark and looks more like a stylish hotel or art museum than a garage.
- Miami Ballet Valet Parking Garage, Miami, whose living, plant-wreathed walls and ground-level retail space hide its basic function.
- Michigan Theatre, Detroit, the adaptive reuse of an opulent, historic theater with a soaring, fresco-covered ceiling, which stands on the site of Henry Ford’s original garage.
- Autostadt, Wolfsburg, Germany, two 16-story silos at Volkswagen’s production facility and visitor attraction featuring giant robotic arms that transport cars from their individual parking spaces to waiting new owners at street level.
- Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure, Santa Monica, California, a colorful, LEED-certified garage featuring solar panels and electric car-charging outlets.
- Kansas City Library Parking Garage, Kansas City, Missouri, whose exterior resembles a shelf of 20-foot-high books.
- Mission Bay Block 27, San Francisco, which looks like “the parking garage equivalent of an iPhone.”
- Parc des Celestins, Lyon, France, a seven-story cylindrical structure with a rotating, disco ball-like mirror that casts glittering beams of light that “makes beautiful what otherwise would be mundane.”
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