A recent architectural competition in the US by Combo Competitions has brought attention back to “parking garages”. Combo’s premise is to introduce an additional element to the competitions it organises (another structure, a new function tied to the main one or something completely different, as long as it adds value to the project).
Combo recognised that building large structures such as a car park on a small budget normally results in negligent design, and ultimately an eye sore for the general public. Thus the competition, entitled “Poor but Beautiful”, aimed to find a solution to this conundrum.
The chosen site for the project was located on Manhattan, in the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Area. Around 70 submissions were received from around the world, ranging from basic to futuristic. Three winners and three honourable mentions were awarded.
Read all about it in this article which appears in the October 2014 of The Parking Professional journal published by IPI.