We have touched on the parking structure at 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami recently (see our blog post A call to arms to improve car park design here), but must admit, when we found out more about this car park during the week, our jaws dropped.
The architects of the garage (Herzog & de Meuron) developed an architecturally spectacular structure, with different levels jutting forward and receding slightly; and with floor heights ranging from the parking standard of about 7 feet (2.13 meters) to as high as 34 feet (10.36m).
At the top of the building there is an all-glass rooftop restaurant under construction, as well as a penthouse residence. On the fifth floor, a single lone store has been built to showcase rare and sought-after design wares. Interestingly, the sheer solitude of the store makes it even more popular with designers, with only the parked cars for company.
And because it’s a public space, the US$65 million structure has also been used for a number of parties; including the premiere of ‘Sex and the City 2’, with the honorary guest of a camel to help with the celebrations. The demand for wedding, parties and other fetes is due to the combination of the stunning architectural allure as well as the mix of high-end retail shops.
PCI is very supportive of great architecture and design pushing the car park from an eyesore into a destination and attraction in its own right. You can view more of the 1111 Lincoln Road property on the below youtube video; which includes a range of footage of the interior of the building, as well as interviews with architects talking about the appeal of the design.