Parking garages evolve as cities seek more-complementary designs

CURB ­APPEAL: The Biltmore Garage, a renovation of an existing garage, wins praise from architects because it created a series of small retail and restaurant spaces at ground level to give pedestrians a better experience walking by. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO
CURB ­APPEAL: The Biltmore Garage, a renovation of an existing garage, wins praise from architects because it created a series of small retail and restaurant spaces at ground level to give pedestrians a better experience walking by. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO
A parking garage doesn’t have to look like an ugly box. But designing one that’s functional and looks interesting, or at least fits in, can be an architectural challenge. Teams of architects now work together to try to mesh form and function, and position the structures on sites in a way that makes sense for…

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