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Miami parking garage becomes public space for special events

on Monday,January 24,2011 20:01

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Architects are known for buildings that dot notable city skylines, but many designers are turning to a new type of structure to exhibit their creativity: garages.

Parking garages are typically far from glamorous, but when Nina Johnson saw the structure developed by Robert Wennett in Miami, Florida, she knew it was the perfect wedding venue. The bride-to-be decided that the garage would be the spot where she would exchange vows, according to the Boston Globe.

"When we saw it, we were in total awe," Johnson told the news source.

Despite the unusual circumstances, Miami locals say that it is no longer uncommon for individuals to flock to the $65 million garage for special events. Its form is unlike the average parking garage, lacking walls and providing full 360-degree views. Its exaggerated ceiling heights make it appear to be a loft, as opposed to a garage used to hold motor vehicles.

"This is not a parking garage," Wennett told the news source. "It's really a civic space."

Modern structures may influence more individuals to pursue careers in the field. Employment in architecture is projected to increase by 16 percent over the next seven years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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