Herzog & de Meuron's 1111 Lincoln Road multi-storey car park in Miami Beach also plays host to parties, yoga classes and weddings, explains proprietor Robert Wennett in this movie produced by filmmaker Elizabeth Priore (+ photographs by Hufton + Crow).
Named¬†1111 Lincoln Road, the concrete building with floor slabs supported on wedge-shaped columns was completed in 2010 to offer naturally lit¬†parking¬†levels that can also be used for other activities above a row of shops and restaurants.
"I had the opportunity to change people's perception of what parking is and to build a type of building that becomes a social gathering space and a public space" says Wennett. "Everything we do in the garage is not what you expect in a parking garage."
He goes on to explain how the building contains "a grand central staircase" rather than an enclosed stairwell and is also filled with public art. "To want to go to a parking garage, versus wanting to exit it as soon as possible becomes a new paradigm," he declares.
Finally, Wennett explains that he lives in an apartment on the top floor of the building. "People always ask me 'why would you want to live inside of a parking garage?' but the moment they arrive they never ask me the question again," he says.
Herzog & de Meuron¬†also recently¬†completed a gallery that looks like a pair of barns¬†in Long Island.