Driverless-car technology might be upon us (watch out, pedestrians!), but those self-possessed vehicles of tomorrow will still need somewhere to be housed. In short, the ultra-utilitarian typology that is the car park isn't going anywhere. 

What is moving up a gear is the design of public garages. Yes, there's concrete a-plenty in the latest cohort of parking palaces internationally. But, with a greater emphasis on the use of natural, more friendly materials, a more considered deployment of natural light, and a concerted effort to transform these once anonymous spaces into identity-rich expressions of place, the new car park is as much about people as it it about petrol. 

Pull up to the bumper!

 
Simon Keane-Cowell, Editor-in-Chief
  Feature  
Parking for the people: new car parks 
Photo: Jannes Linders 
With design concepts integrating environmental factors, multi-use function and strong aesthetics, today’s car parks are bringing man and machine into better coexistence.
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 Advertorial 
Fire protection closures made of steel from Forster
Both the TGV station near Nancy, France, and its basement parking garage have been extensively renovated with fire resistant glazing made from Forster fuego light profiles, ensuring a safe feeling with a lot of transparency.
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  Feature  
Taking it to the next level: Groosman's P+R Driebergen-Zeist
Photo: Tycho's Eye
When it came to the design of a new park-and-ride facility in the Netherlands, Dutch office Groosman chose to give people and place as much right of way as automobiles.
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Louis Poulsen Design in General Lighting
Step inside a spectacular design hotel – where modern art and design of an exceptionally high standard make a stark contrast. Lighting by Arne Jacobsen, GamFratesi and Verner Panton play a key role in creating a unique atmosphere.
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  Brand Stories  
THE SUM OF THE PARTS: MOSAICO+
 

Utilising modern processes, the Italian mosaic manufacturer MOSAICO+ expands the individualisation and expressive possibilities of this iconic technique, taking it into today's world.

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MURALS FUSE: MOSA
 

MOSA presents Murals Fuse, a ceramic series that offers a fresh approach in designing with tiles.

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THE ENLIGHTENMENT 2.0: PEDRALI AT SALONE 2018
 
Proudly industrial and always premium, Italian furniture and lighting brand PEDRALI put on a show to remember at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan.

 
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THE EXPERIMENTERS: ANTONIOLUPI 
 

For the last 60 years, the innovative Italian bathroom manufacturer ANTONIOLUPI continues to surprise with their unconventional concepts that question existing design stereotypes.

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A SIT-DOWN AFFAIR: FLEXFORM

For the Italian manufacturer FLEXFORM, the sofa is the most important piece of furniture. 

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DUTCH ARCHITECTURE

 
For decades a test bed for bold, experimental projects, the Netherlands continues to function as an architecturally compelling landscape – both in terms of design practice and consumption.
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  Project  
 Paris Car Park by Anonyme
Photo: Daniel Rousselot
Commissioned by Paris Habitat, design team Anonyme used splashes of colour and exaggerated signal panels to accentuate the spiral shape of its Tour du Bois le Pretre underground car park. 
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Car Parks
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  Profile  
Zechner / Zechner
Based in Vienna, Zechner / Zechner are active across the entire architectonic design spectrum and on all scales – from single-family homes to high-rise office buildings, hotels and train stations. Zechner / Zechner have been awarded with several prizes in both the United States and Europe for their building designs.
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Bicycle Shelters
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Transport
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