Let’s face it — the traditional parking garage design leaves a lot to be desired. Granted, the design works to hold cars safely, and the materials must be incredibly strong to do so. The drab and boring parking garage is becoming a thing of the past with options like metal parking garage panels that can add an architectural element to the traditionally bland space.
In any society, architecture is incredibly important, and much time is spent making buildings that are not only functional, but also beautiful. Buildings make a statement about the society itself, and the people that make it up. Introducing beautiful architecture in unexpected spaces is a way to express the values of the society and reveal its goals for the future.
In the 1920s and 30s, parking garages were a new necessity as the automobile became more accessible and businesses grew in city centers, which required a commute and a place to park. Early parking garages were ambitious and focused on the design, even creating Art Deco designs that disguised the building’s true purpose. As the need for parking garages grew, their design was simplified as developers looked for a cost-effective way to store the scores of cars that move in and out each day.
While the traditional parking garage structure that we know today works well to store lots of cars in a relatively small space, they are often an eyesore surrounded by stunning architecture. Parking garage facade panels from MetalSpaces by VIVA offer the opportunity to beautify traditional parking garage structures even on a tight budget.