Architect Mark Potter believes the car park is undergoing a renaissance.
Car park owners and operators around the world are waking up to a new potential in the estates they control. From Miami to Bordeaux, from Peckham to Blackpool, new approaches to the design and use of this building type are giving our cities a new lease of life. .. At a gateway site to the city of Norwich on Mountergate Huber car park systems and Potter and Holmes have collaborated in the design of a gateway building which, like Blackpool, sits at an arrival point to the city and presents an important contemporary first impression. These examples demonstrate that three new roles emerging for the multi-storey car park as a building type: the car park as ‘land provider’ the car park as ‘street marker’; and the car park as ‘refuge and retreat’. ..Our car parks reveal to us their social purpose, published in Parking Review 01-2016 (Download the PDF-format)