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Car parks aren’t usually a top priority for architects. They often consist of no more than some tar slapped onto a flat surface and dissected with white lines or, at the most, a bleak multi-storey maze of concrete pillars.
But as the demands of drivers and cities change, putting ever more pressure on both the designer and their resources, the humble car park has had to step up. The 10 parking garages assembled here all have a fresh take on a staid concept and run the whole gamut from the brilliant to the downright weird. Don’t forget to tell us your favourite in the comments section below.
Once a glamorous movie theatre boasting crystal chandeliers and marble sculptures, the Michigan Theatre was destined for demolition when the developers realised it formed an integral part of adjoining buildings, so it was relegated to a three-level car park instead. Considering it stands on the birthplace of the first Ford model, this almost seems like destiny.
More closely resembling grain silos than car parks these 20-floor tall CarTowers can swallow a massive 800 cars. Located at the VW-themed Autostadt park in Wolfsburg, new customers have the option of collecting their new set of wheels from the facility where a robotic arm picks out their vehicle from the beehive of stored cars.
More a parking sculpture than anything else this striking car park was the brainchild of Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, most famous for designing the Beijing Bird’s Nest stadium. Light, airy and refreshingly open, the seemingly incomplete $70 million creation didn’t come cheap but proves beyond any doubt functional needn’t be dull.
Serving as the parking lot to the tallest building in Melbourne, the developers of the Eureka Tower could easily have resorted to a dull utilitarian parking garage. Instead they allowed designer Axel Peemoeller to play around with clever graphics, which appear completely abstract and distorted but snap into orderly alignment when you drive past.
Known locally as ‘The Community Bookshelf’ the wall of the Kansas library’s car park features 22 striking spines of well-known books, each standing approximately 25ft tall, with the two stairwells on either end acting as bookends. While some may deride it as too theme-parkish, many laud the library for turning a dull car park into a feature.
Drive up to the car park linked to Dubai’s impressive Ibn Battuta Gate and you could be forgiven for thinking it nothing more than a single garage. But behind its unpretentious facade hides the world’s largest robot car park – capable of storing 765 vehicles and dealing with a staggering 250 cars an hour.
Built on top of a Korean barge, this floating parking boat’s suitable maritime design ensures it blends right into its setting in Gotenburg’s city centre harbour. When loaded to its 400-car capacity the barge only dips a few inches deeper below the waterline, but even more impressive is its ability to be towed to another location if the city’s parking situation ever demanded such a move.
Chicago is nicknamed the ‘Windy City’ for good reason, so the designers of Greenway car park set out to harness the city’s gusts to help power the building. It uses giant pairs of corkscrew wind turbines stretching from street level to its roof. To further bolster Greenway’s green appeal, some of the harvested wind energy powers electric car charging stations inside.
Literally translating to ‘sea firefly’, the man-made Umi-hotaru island is a tourist attraction in its own right with many drivers heading there simply to admire the views. In addition to serving as a floating car park for the city’s aqua-line motorway, the island also boasts cafes, shops and public art.
(source:http://autos.in.msn.com/gallery/photoviewer.aspx?cp-documentid=5557866#image=3)Car parks aren’t usually a top priority for architects. They often consist of no more than some tar slapped onto a flat surface and dissected with white lines or, at the most, a bleak multi-storey maze of concrete pillars. But as the demands of drivers and cities change, putting ever more pressure on both the designer ...
- Irony of life….
~ The lawyer hopes you get into trouble..
~ The Doctor hopes you fall ill..
~ The Police hopes you become a criminal..
~ The teacher hopes you are born stupid..
~ The coffin maker wants you dead..
Only A THEIF wishes you prosperity in life..
(contributed by : user kapilbamba on 19.04.2013)Irony of life…. ~ The lawyer hopes you get into trouble.. ~ The Doctor hopes you fall ill.. ~ The Police hopes you become a criminal.. ~ The teacher hopes you are born stupid.. ~ The coffin maker wants you dead.. Only A THEIF wishes you prosperity in life.. (contributed by : user kapilbamba on 19.04.2013)
The FoxNewsTV (USA) asked the Iranian President Ahmedinejad,
‘When you look into the mirror in the morning what do you say to yourself’?
He answered: I see the person in the mirror and tell him ‘Remember’ you are no more than a small servant, ahead of you today is the heavy responsibility, and that is to serve the Iranian nation’.
Ahmedinejad, the Iranian President who astonished many when he ! first reached to the office of the Presidency by donating all the high valued Iranian carpets to one of the mosques in Tehran by replacing them with the low cost ordinary carpets. He observed that there was a huge extravagant lounge for receiving and welcoming the VIPs and he ordered it to be closed and asked the protocol office to arrange for an ordinary room only with wooden chairs.
On many instances he joins the cleaning staff of the municipality for cleaning the streets in the area where his home and the Presidency are located.
Under his authority whenever he appoints any minister to his post he gets a signed document from him with many points particularly highlighting that he shall remain poor and that his personal and his relatives accounts will be watched and the day he leaves the ministry shall be with dignity, and therefore it is not lawful for him or his relatives to take any advantage of his office. First of all he declared himself for all the ‘Big’ wealth and the property he owned was a Peugeot 504 car, model 1977, an old small house inherited from his father 40-years ago in one of the poorest zones in Tehran . His accounts with a zero balance and the only money comes in to his a/c was from his salary from the university as a lecturer with an amount of US$ 250 only.
For your information the President still lives in that same house. This is all what he owns; the president of one of the world’s important countries; strategically, economically, politically and with regard to its oil and defense. He even doesn’t take his personal salary with the argument that all the wealth belongs to the nation and he is the safeguard over it.
One of the things that impressed the staff at the presidency is the bag the President brings with him every day, which contains his breakfast; some sandwiches or bread with olive oil and cheese prepared by his wife and eats and enjoys it with all happiness.
One of the other things he changed was his personal carrier ‘the President’s Aircraft’ to a cargo aircraft in order to save the spending from the public treasury and he ordered that he will be flying with the ordinary airline in the economy class.. He organizes meetings every now and then with all the ministers to know their activities and efficiency and he closed down the office of the Manager of the president and any minister can enter to his office without any permission. He also stopped the welcome ceremonies like the red carpet, the photo session or any personal advertisement or respect of any kind while visiting any place in the country.
Whenever he has to stay in any of the hotels he asks them to make sure not to give him a room with any big bed because he doesn’t like to sleep on beds but rather likes to sleep on the floor on a simple mattress with a blanket.
Refer to some of the photographs which also confirm the above. The Iranian president is sleeping in the guest room of his house after getting away from his special guards who follow him wherever he goes and photo is taken by his small brother according to the Wifaq Newspaper which published this photo and the next day the photo was published in most of the world’s newspapers and magazines and particularly the Americans. During the prayer you can see that he is not sitting in the first row. And the final photo is of his dining room where the president is busy eating his simple meal.
Try comparing this with the emoluments and privileges our ministers get ….. plus the amount they loot!
“To fight the darkness do not draw your sword, light a candle” – Zarathustra
In characters, in manners, in style, in all things,
the supreme excellence is simplicity.
Wow ! What a contrast. A President who actually is the at the helm of affairs of a Powerful Nation and fighting against all odds with other more Powerful Nations leads a life of simplicity, whereas our President who is just a figure head, a decoration (sic) – reference Prathibha Patil till recently – lives in a Palace and splurges public money like peanuts !
Our Ministers and Politicians are not far in sqaundering public money. The Iranian President carries his Lunch Bag, our guys dont even carry their Cell Phones or Files – it is the PAs who do this !
(contributed by : Amr on 11.08.2012)