Parking lots may not seem like an obvious canvas for designers, but MEI Architecture has turned Block 11 into a wild work of folk art that is clad in a series of hanging plant containers. Part of Almere-Buiten's urban expansion, the parking lot has 413 spaces and was built out of new materials using a stretch forming technique that is common among automobile manufacturers.
Block 11 is particularly unique because of the perforated facade which depicts images common to the Flevoland province including birds, windmills, garden gnomes, and bird houses. But here’s the catch: although the images are designed to create some kind of cultural connectivity for residents of Almere, they also act as natural ventilation for the parking lot!
The perforations allow air to filter through the lot, which holds a great number of polluting vehicles as well as light, and the hanging plant containers further improve the air quality. This is such a fantastic and unique design that is somewhat reminiscent of a bike parking lot in Japan that is completely wrapped in green. Hopefully this is a sign that the boring concrete blocks so common in the last few decades will become a thing on the past?