Our garages at home no doubt serve one of a few common purposes. They tend to either be a place to actually store vehicles, as intended, a dumping ground for things people don’t want to store in their houses or perhaps something a little more creative such as a workshop or home gym.
But while most of our own garages no doubt look pretty much the same in many ways, across the world you will find all sorts of unusual garages and places to store vehicles. We spoke to Lock Up Garages to find out what a few of their favourite garage spaces are to bring you the following list!
Kansas City Library’s giant bookshelf
Located in downtown Kansas City, you will find a rather striking feature in the form of the parking garage for the Central Branch of their public library.
Community input was sought when it came to a way of making the garage look a little more beautiful, and the idea of a bookshelf was eventually settled upon. Community members got to vote on which titles would be displayed, and the chosen volumes include The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury among a wide range of famous literature. The “books” themselves sit at 25 feet high and 9 feet wide.
The Michigan Theater first opened in 1926, and its grand columns, crystal chandeliers, carved balustrades and marble archways fell into disrepair over the decades, leading it to be listed for demolition to be turned into a car park for the office tower it stands next to.
However, after studying the plans it was decided that the demolition would damage the offices, so the theater itself became the car park, with most of the original features still intact.
This particular car park is unusual because of how far it stretches, running for about a mile underground along the Rhine River in Cologne, Germany. The car park is for the Rheinauhafen project, and you can see a video of the drive through the garage here.
Autostadt Car Towers
At the Volkswagen Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany, you will find the Car Towers, which are another example of impressive car storage. Winning the title of the world’s fastest automatic parking system in the 2014 Book of Guinness World Records, the towers are a place to store new cars before they are delivered to the customers buying them.
When a customer arrives to collect their car, the customer service agent will set one of the car shuttles in motion which selects the correct vehicle, brings it into the centre of the tower, and then rolls it through a tunnel into the Car Distribution Centre.
Visitors can also ascend the tower to see the technology and inner workings in action, being taken up to the top of the tower where the vehicles are stored.
These are just a few examples of some of the most incredible and unusual garages and car parking spaces to be found throughout the world, we hope you enjoyed this list.