UPDATED: The world’s most spectacular parking spots can now be revealed after thousands of people voted for their favourite in the 2018 ‘World’s Coolest Car Parks’ competition.
People from around the world voted from a shortlist of entries, which aimed to celebrate creativity and design in buildings that can often perceived as dull and dreary.
The shortlist was compiled by architecture and design website DesignCurial and Looking4.com.
Congratulations to the winners and those who made the shortlist!
The vibrant, urban multi-storey car park is found at Leeds’ £165m Victoria Gate shopping centre and takes architectural inspiration from the city’s history. The twisted aluminium fin cladding creates a diagrid pattern emphasised by the shadows generated.
This exclusive car park, designed by Swiss company Peter Kunz Architects, only has enough space for just eight vehicles. The beton cubes are embedded into the sloping mountainside, creating a juxtaposition of nature and the geometric concrete structures.
Made from natural materials the car park is designed to be as welcoming as possible for visitors to the nearby hospital. The ‘canyon-wall’ provides an abundance of light, even on the underground floors plus natural ventilation for its 985 cars.
This open-design car park is distributed over the space of two buildings, each surrounded in white metal balustrades with thousands of small geometric perforations. Exclusively native flowers on different levels help to brighten the space.
Located in the centre of Naples, close to the main tourist attractions, the car park built inside an existing cave with an historic tunnel that connects 2 different parts of the city. The car park is built across seven levels and accessed via three tunnels.
An underground car park with an eye-catching difference, 2KM3 is dedicated to urban contemporary art. Its name acts as an abbreviation of the measurement of wall/ceiling space given to a dozen international artists to decorate in their own unique styles (2,000m³).
The unique shape of this multi-storey car park, with decks sloping in the opposite direction to the hill, gives it the name ‘Sinking Ship’. The four-floor garage was part of a neighbourhood redesign in the '60s, standing in front of the Smith Tower and former Seattle Hotel.
With a capacity of 1,000 cars, the building also doubles as a flexible space for conventions and exhibitions. A pair of 30-metre spiralling ramps with blue LEDs around the curved edges light up the building with an eye-catching, helix-shaped entrance and exit.
With 2,314 spaces, this car park holds a Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Automated Parking Facility’. The bays designed by Robotic Parking Systems Inc. save over 3 times the space of a normal car park, with a car retrieval time of approx 177 seconds.
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