Look: Parking Garage Architecture

Look: Parking Garage Architecture

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Adrienne Breaux
Aug 25, 2008

At the risk of sounding like a bad stand-up comedian, what's with parking garage architecture? A somewhat necessary part of our ever-expanding urbanism, do they have to look so unattractive? Join the debate after the jump...

With all the new condominium construction taking place in Austin lately, it seems parking garages are not only popping up everywhere, we're noticing the existing ones more and more, too!

According to Wikipedia, the first parking garage constructed was the garage for the Hotel La Salle in Chicago, Illinois, designed by Holabird and Roche (although there are claims one was built in Glasgow, Scotland between 1906 and 1912). That means 90 plus years have passed, and while we're sure many structural advancements have been made, we question whether there have been any aesthetic improvements!

What do you think? Are parking garages ugly parts of our skyline, or built perfectly to suit their function? Have you ever seen an example of good-looking or modern parking garage architecture? Let us know! Austin residents be sure to chime in with your thoughts on all the new condo and parking structure construction around town!

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