The Architecture of Parking

The Architecture of Parking

  1. Simon Henley
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  • ISBN 9780500287965
  • 21.50 x 19.70 cm
  • Paperback
  • 256pp
  • 568 Illustrations, 227 in colour
  • First published 2009

Winner of the RIBA International Book Award for Construction 2008

‘Beautifully photographed … shows that car parks offer some of the most astonishingly sculptural forms and surfaces in contemporary architecture’ – The Financial Times


‘Proves that park-life isn’t without its aesthetic pleasures’– Dazed & Confused


‘Wonderfully original … a Pevsner of parking’ – New Statesman

Housing the maximum number of cars in a well-designed space is one of the most challenging aspects of twentieth-century architecture, which has attracted a stellar array of architects.

This is the first major international survey of parking garages ever published. Multi-levelled like a car park itself, the book presents visual essays, project spreads and case studies that feature ground-breaking historical and recent structures in photographs and drawings.

From the iconic Marina City towers in Chicago to the latest robotic technology at the Volkswagen Autotürme in Germany, the author shows how the form and function of the parking garage has been hugely influential not only on generations of architects but on popular culture, capturing the imagination of novelists, photographers and film-makers.

The Architecture of Parking is an inspirational resource for students, professional architects, urban planners, engineers, developers, and anyone interested in how construction for cars has shaped our built world.

Simon Henleyis principal of the award-winning London-based architecture firm Buschow Henley.