Carl Turner Architects transformed a seven-story empty parking garage in London into a multi-functional creative community space for the neighborhood to use

Parking garages are ugly, take up space in downtown areas and are a reminder of the millions of cars that put billions of gallons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. They’re a necessary part of our world, but there are too many garages that aren’t being used to their full capacity, particularly now that ride-sharing has taken on such a prominent role in society.

Carl Turner Architects‘ recent project aims to make use of the concrete spaces. The company partnered with Make Shift, an organization dedicated to improving public spaces, to help design and manage unused parking garages, finding innovative ways to repurpose them.

For example, the collab turned a seven-story parking garage in Peckham, London into a multi-functional space, dubbed Peckham Levels. The design includes studios, co-working office spaces, shared workshops, 3D printing regions and more to serve local artists.

Two of the levels were converted into community spaces open to the public, functioning as a free venue for parties, get-to-togethers and other indoor activities. The spaces also feature convenient commodities you might find in a rec center or a town square: a children’s playground complete with obstacle courses, a café, a music venue, a hair salon, a yoga studio, bars, restaurants and more.

The idea behind the design was to transform the space into a “house of art,” functioning as a hub of creative activity for Peckham. The transformation of this space could speak to a new generation of parking garages, particularly if the shared vehicle market continues to take off. There are fewer cars on the road than before, and that’s only expected to continue as driverless cars get closer to hitting the roadways. Parking garages likely will be a necessary part of our lifestyle for decades, but as more fall into disuse, this project marks a simple and creative solution that could improve our communities.

Carl Turner Architects

Parking garages are ugly, take up space in downtown areas and are a reminder of the millions of cars that put billions of gallons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. They’re a necessary part of our world, but there are too many garages that aren’t being used to their full capacity, particularly now that ride-sharing has taken on such a prominent role in society.

Carl Turner Architects‘ recent project aims to make use of the concrete spaces. The company partnered with Make Shift, an organization dedicated to improving public spaces, to help design and manage unused parking garages, finding innovative ways to repurpose them.