Mickey and Friends Parking Structure
(Pixar Pals Parking Structure)
There is a long-standing debate in architectural circles whether form or function is more important in the design of a building. The Mickey and Friends Parking Structure, and its more recent twin, the Pixar Pals Parking Structure, emphasize the latter, more than the former.
At first glance just a parking garage of epic proportions, the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure is actually a marvel in its own right. Louvred openings, a stepped-back design on the eastern side, and a flourish of bright color on each floor help distinguish the structure from its counterparts. Most remarkable, however, is the ease with which the structure handles masses of cars. Holding well over 10,000 parking spaces, and with the ability to park up to 60 cars a minute, it is the function that wins over the form. A second structure, connected to the original by a series of bridges added additional capacity of approximately 6,000 parking spaces. (2019)
Architect: Harry Wolf & Walt Disney Imagineering
Built: 2000, 2019
Address: 1313 Harbor Blvd
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