Friday, February 9, 2007


Curbed LA reported today on the new parking structure being completed at the Santa Monica Civic Center. It could have been just another boring parking box -- except that it has been cleverly tarted up with colorful panels. [pix]
It gets better at night, when the panels turn into multicolor lights -- like in a neon dialogue with the nearby, famous video store Vidiots. Our neighbor complains that the "psychedelic beams" keep her awake at night. We find them rather groovy.
[update 08/28/07: Parking Garages Driven to Good Design in AR]
[update 11/20/07: A Civic Gateway in ArchNewsNow]
[update 11/28/07: Santa Monica Mea Culpa in Treehugger]
[update 04/19/08: 1st LEED Parking Garage in Inhabitat]
photo LA Frog