People with cars need to park them somewhere and by golly they’ll do it whether we like it or not. Catering to these demands requires inventiveness, sometimes even cunning, and some car park designers have taken up the challenge with aplomb by creating vehicular storage areas that may just surprise you.
Baltimore Washington International Airport, Maryland, USA
Sometimes it can be a nightmare trying to find a spot, endlessly circling a car park in frustration as you search for an elusive gap. For the lucky people driving into BWI MarshallAirport, they can just concentrate on that all-important flight instead because the smart parking garage there carefully monitors which spaces are taken and is capable of individually directing all entering vehicles to available spots using a system of LED signs.
Parkhaus Engelenschanze, Stuttgart, Germany
Ever felt a bit nervous in car parks due to the lack of windows, the dingy puddles and the smell of stagnant death? The Parkhaus Engelenschanze is the direct opposite of that, with colourful glass walls on each side and a plant-filled courtyard in the middle of it – it even features a relaxing waterfall to put you at ease. Yes, a waterfall in a car park.
Umihotaru, Tokyo, Japan
The artificial island of Umihotaru has become a destination in itself – not bad for what is essentially a parking area in the sea. It sits at the end of the bridge section of the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line, an industrial marvel that was originally designed to help ease congestion across the bay, but mainly draws people to the panoramic views of the surrounding waters.
Main image of Umihotaru, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by midorisyu