11 of the Most Unique Car Parks Around the World

As these buildings attest, even car parks can be interesting and wonderful buildings.
Christopher McFadden

If car parks are your thing, then you are in for a treat. Here we have gathered some of the world's most unique and wonderful car parks around the world.



What are some of the most unique car parks in the world?

So, without further ado, here are some of the world's most unique and wonderful car parks around the globe. This list is far from exhaustive and is in no particular order.

1. The Michigan Theatre in Detriot, USA is pretty interesting

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Built inside the shell of a former theatre, this car park is one of the most unique and wonderful in the world. When the theatre was originally closed, engineers feared that demolishing it would destabilize surrounding buildings. 

Instead of that, they decided to simply convert it into a car park. 

The original theatre, built using traditional construction techniques in the French Renaissance style, first opened in 1926 and was eventually closed for good in 1976. 

2. Ballet Valet Parking Garage in Miami is something else

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Located above the street-level shopping of a street in Miami is another very unique and interesting car park. This one is so different, in fact, that you would be forgiven for missing it entirely.

That is because the entirety of its exterior is covered in vegetation. This not only softens its appearance but also practically eliminates its visual impact on the Lower South Beach in Miami. 

The car park was created by renovating an older block of historic art deco facades and offers around 650 parking spaces. 

3. Parc des Celestins in Lyon, France has a giant mirror

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Situated in Lyon, France is a very interesting car park that you might not even know exists. Built underground, engineers came up with an interesting method of getting as much natural daylight as possible inside it.

The solution was to build a large lightwell in the center of the building. Not only that, but the well also comes with a very large rotating mirror that reflects light into the car park's interior. 

There is a periscope on the ground level allowing passers-by the opportunity to view the cavernous space below.

4. Eureka Tower Car Park in Melbourne, Australia has an interesting interior design

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The Eureka Tower Car Park in Melbourne, Australia is a very unforgettable car park. It's main USP is the very clever use of graphics throughout its interior.

These graphics are used to direct drivers around the car park and consist of large lettering on the walls and floors. These graphics also make clever use of perspective so that the sign only becomes legible at the point when it is needed.

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5. Charles Street Car Park in Sheffield, UK is called the "Sheffield Cheese Grater"

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Charles Street Car Park in Sheffield, UK was designed by Allies and Morrison and is locally now as "The Sheffield Cheese Grater".

This is because of the building's angular facade made up of many identical units oriented at a variety of angles. The building's facade gives the building some very interesting light patterns on the inside.

"The structure consists of precast concrete columns, walls, and floors. The external envelope is finished in natural anodized aluminum panels, painted green on the inside.

Each is manufactured from a single sheet of folded aluminum, cut to an angle on two sides, and hung in four different orientations. This provides natural ventilation and hides the structure behind a homogeneous surface." - alliesandmorrison.com

6. Temple Street Car Park in New Haven, Connecticut looks alive

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Temple Street Car Park in New Haven, Connecticut is like no other car park you've probably encountered. Looking more organic than manmade, this car park was designed as a piece of concrete art.

"Starting in 1954, New Haven was completely transformed in order to create what called a “model city”.  The parking garage was part of that program. Its sculptural character was intended to convey a sense of modernity and mobility. Moreover, the building was Rudolph’s first project made completely in exposed cast-in-place concrete. " - sosbrutalism.com

7. The "Sinking Ship" in Seattle has a very fitting name

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Located in Seattle, U.S., the "Sinking Ship" is located adjacent to one of Seattle's most notable landmarks, The Smith Tower, it really does live up to its nickname.

It was designed by Gilbert H. Mandeville and Gudmund B. Berge of the company Mandeville and Berge, and its construction was completed in 1965. The car park is, without a doubt, one of the most unique around. 

The car park was built on the former site of the former Occidental Hotels and Seattle Hotel. Once the Seattle Hotel was demolished in 1961, the "Sinking Ship" was built as part of a general neighborhood redesign. 

8. The Al Jahra Automatic Car Park in Kuwait is fully automated

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The Al Jahra Automatic Car Park in Kuwait is a car park with a difference. It is also one of the world's most advanced as it is, more or less, completely automated.

Drivers simply drive their cars into place, lock their cars, and the special automated lifts store your car for you in giant car racks. It is also something of a record-breaker.

"It became official in 2018. For the second time, a Robotic Parking Systems’ facility was awarded the Guinness World Record for the Largest Automated Parking Facility in the world – 2,314 spaces." - parkithere.com

9. The Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc Car Park in Belgium is simply beautiful

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The Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc Car Park in Belgium has a truly unique and interesting design. It was designed by Modulo Architects & De Jong Gortemaker Algra Architects and looks like no other car park you've seen.

It was built in 2016, and you'd be forgiven for thinking the building has a more grandiose use than just as a car park. 

The concrete and steel frame building makes use of selected natural materials in its facade to provide tons of daylight and make it more aesthetically pleasing for visitors. 

10. The ramps to the RAI Convention Center's car park in Amsterdam look like a giant helixes

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The RAI Convention Center, Amsterdam is another car park the likes of which you've never seen. It was designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects and has become one of the city's most notable landmarks. 

It's most distinguishing feature is the pair of helix-like entrance and exit ramps. The building's internal floor space can also be used as a convention space when not needed for parking cars.

Made from pre-fabricated concrete sections, the towers also form the driveways to enter and exit each floor. At night, blue LED lights make the towers look even more spectacular.

11. The Quick Parking Morelli Car Park in Naples, Italy is actually in a cave

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The Quick Parking Morelli Car Park in Naples, Italy is probably one of the most unique in the world. It was designed by  Kingdom Architects and Planners and is widely considered one of the world's coolest. 

The car park is located in the heart of the city and has been partially built inside a historic cave, with the mouth of the cave acting as the car park's entrance and exit. 

 "The ancient cavern has been connected to a tunnel for centuries, and the team behind this unique car park focused their design on the relationship between the existing cave and a new building inside it. This new building has seven levels, including three for public parking, and the car park can be accessed from three different tunnels." - designcurial.com

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