Parkitecture: design in context

Rebecca Powers wrote, for the Washington Post: “Good architects design within local context. And in Miami and Miami Beach, that context includes beautiful people and plentiful cars – often exotic ones.” Architects in Miami have taken this context and run with it, with beautiful and creative parking garages popping up around the city.

The most spectacular is the featured 111 Lincoln Road, but click here to view several other stellar examples – the Pennsylvania Avenue Garage (at night, LED lights illuminate the exterior); the Ballet Valet or ‘Chia’ Garage (the exterior is a lush, green wall) and City View, in which the façade of each side is drawn up by a different designer.

The Miami parking garages are not the first parking garages to break the mould in terms of design – the Kansas City Public Library, pictured below, comes to mind. However, it is great to see designers celebrating a particular city’s context.

KC-library-parking-garage

Photocred. MBEACH1/WASHINGTON POST.

 

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