Designed by Simon Henley, New book, Multi Storey Car Parks is located in London, United Kingdom. The Architecture of Parking, is awakening a secret nostalgia in us and even converting staunch enemies into allies. A fact reinforced by the writer of the Telegraph article, Neil Lyndon who admits that he is now a reluctant convert. At the turn of the twentieth century, the multi-stories followed closely in the tyre treads of the newly popular ‚Äúmotor cars‚Äù. The earliest known multi-story car park was built in 1918 for the Hotel La Salle in Chicago.
Like many of its contemporaries, it has since been demolished (2005) after failing to receive landmark status from the city of Chicago. Later, they landed in our cities like alien beings, many arising from bomb craters in Europe after the second world war. These smelly, huge concrete and steel incarnations with their gaping mouths at street level dominating many urban streetscapes.