Andrew Male
January 2017.
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What buildings in our cities do we most take for granted?

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Let’s hear it for the car park. 

Nobody takes much notice of car parks, do they? I don't always love them but they are essential things. They’re often done on a tiny budget, and they have to solve a problem, and do something clever, and it’s a really difficult problem. Cars are massive, and cumbersome and annoying, and car parks are sort of stealth buildings in a way. 

"They deliberately don't draw attention to themselves. They shouldn't be in the way, but they’re often marvels of design."

They deliberately don't draw attention to themselves. They shouldn't be in the way, but they’re often marvels of design. There are some really cool ones around the country to look out for. Q-Park in Sheffield, with its crazy metallic exterior, or Welbeck Street car park behind Oxford Street in London, a great piece of sculptural brutalism.

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