The first comprehensive international survey of one of the most important building types of the modern era: the parking garage.
the invention of the car, the buildings that house them have been a
source of inspiration and consternation to architects. Although many
dreary car parks and garages do exist, the challenge of efficiently
housing a maximum number of cars in a well-designed space has attracted
a stellar array of contemporary architects. From the classic circular
Marina City tower in Chicago to the Parcheggio Nuovo Salario under
construction in Rome, from Frank Gehry to Rem Koolhaas to Zaha Hadid,
the form and function of the parking garage have been hugely
influential not only on contemporary architects but also on popular
This book is at
once a survey of the finest examples of parking garages and a
presentation of exciting and innovative design. An introduction covers
the history and architectural significance of these buildings and their
relevance today, and is followed by chapters that define the most
influential aspects of parking design: elevations, materials, the use
of light, and innovation and experimentation.
detailed plans plus case studies of iconic buildings, this is an
indispensable and inspirational resource for professional architects,
engineers, urban planners, and developers. 300 illustrations and
photographs, 150 in color.