If you are anything like me, you want to make sure your car is parked in a safe & secure location. It should also be an inexpensive cool parking lot with great lighting. But how about if one is looking for a unique parking garage with something a little bit extra? A place that makes you want to park your car, sit and enjoy the parking lot, or maybe just shake your head in awe. So we went ahead and did some digging. Here is a list of some unique parking garages in the US that are truly something more than just parking lots.
Detroit is a City that has suffered severe economic decline. In the midst of that decline is the Michigan Theatre. This early 1900’s theatre with an adjacent 13-story structure ironically was once the location where Henry Ford built his first automobile. Pretty cool right? In order to provide parking for the commercial tenants, the unused, severely decayed theatre portion of the building was gutted and converted into a cool and unique parking lot.
The Swiss architectural firm of Herzog & de Meuron is responsible for this unique parking lot design located in Miami Beach, Florida and known as “1111 Lincoln Road;” This is more than just a parking lot, offering almost 300 parking spaces and a design that is breathe taking, which is just the beginning of this eye-catching structure. Believe it or not this parking lot also serves as an entertainment venue. That’s right, setup some seats, a stage and you have a great semi-outdoor concert hall and if that doesn’t impress you maybe the ocean view will.
Yes, this is a parking lot. It’s the parking lot for the Kansas City Central Library. This impressive literary design known as the “Community Bookshelf” features 22 9-foot tall book-spines of famous books selected by the residents in the neighborhood. On each corner of the building there are staircases to enter and exit the lot, which creates the look of bookends.
Located at 333 Civic Center Drive in Santa Monica, California is the fully GREEN environmentally correct Civic Center Parking Garage which looks like a mall full of nightclubs instead of a 900 plus parking garage. The beautiful colors that dress this building are actually solar panels and not only does this structure park traditional cars, it also allows parking for electric cars and offers the ability to charge while you park.
One Car Park in Oklahoma City was design by Elliott and Associates Architects. This classy design houses almost 800 parking spaces and was built with the intent to not look like a parking facility. Even better the buildings lighting is impacted by the sun and as a result the lights change colors periodically during the course of the day.
The Whale Lot serves as a parking lot for those about to embark on a cruise at the Port of New Orleans. Interestingly it looks like your vehicle gets a taste of the deep blue sea before you do.