Garage Design: How Far We’ve Come

How far we have come from the monolithic, gray boxes of recent memory? Pretty darn far!

Did you know that a garage is on the list of the top 100 buildings in Florida, as proposed by the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects? It’s a people’s choice competition, so I suggest that all parking professionals vote for 1111 Lincoln Road.

1111 is the amazing new garage that doubles as a wedding, yoga, and meeting venue, with a Vanity Fair-featured residence on the roof. IPI featured the garage on the cover of the October 2011 issue of The Parking Professional [PDF], recognizing the new connections between functional parking and thought-provoking architecture. The Wall Street Journal also recognized the building, stating, “The structure—with thin concrete slabs at irregular heights and no exterior walls, leaving vehicles on open display—is more than a place to stash cars. It features luxury retailers at the street level, a glass box housing a clothing store on the fifth floor and a soaring space with stunning views on the seventh floor that can be rented for events—all connected by an internal staircase that spirals up like a DNA helix.”

How far we’ve come! To check out 1111 in the Florida AIA competition, click here: http://www.aiaflatop100.org.

About Rachel Yoka

Rachel Yoka, LEED AP BD+C, is vice president of Timothy Haahs & Associates. She serves on the IPI Advisory Council, Consultants Committee, and Sustainability Committee, and is Chair of the Certification Committee and member of the board of the Green Parking Council.

Comments

  1. Louie Farnsworth says:

    But how much of the cost was public money? What was the costs compared to the old concrete slab garages? How long is the City planning until it get its investment back? Miami has enough problems and if I remember correctly, this garage was even used by those in oposition to the MPA as a waste of taxpayer money.

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