The architecture of parking garages, from ghastly to glorious

Not all big garages are alike, thank goodness. While most have little to offer except parking spaces, some cloak the essentials in architectural trappings. With the right budget and approach, infrastructure can even be fun.

There’s a particularly good example in downtown Berkeley, and you can find my review here. The achievement with that city’s Center Street Garage is all the more impressive when you take stock of garages elsewhere. Here are a dozen other examples from near and far — and from clumsy to compelling, with concrete always in the mix.