When we think about parking garages, we’re often reminded of the frustrating experiences. Locating the entrance was difficult, navigating the garage was confusing, and inevitably finding a spot was less than ideal. What’s unfortunate is that too often, this was the first impression your customer or colleague experienced.
When was the last time you witnessed a tall vibrant building with an emaciated parking deck starving for a splash of creative zest? Disappointingly, parking decks have been reduced to tension rods and beams submerged in layers of poured concrete with a few level indicator signs and painted arrows. They are visually stifling. As Calder Loth describes them, “These vapid works of naked engineering are little more than concrete shelving to store our vehicles, blaring the fatuous rationale that form follows function.”