S. Florida’s glitzy garages for more than just parking

By Johnny Diaz

South Florida has some glitzy parking garages.

We’re talking structures with architectural designs so grand that they make passers-by stop and stare. One garage has a helipad. Others have been used to hold wedding receptions and film TV commercials.

And there’s another one on the way: A planned 428-space parking garage at the base of the Las Olas Boulevard bridge in Fort Lauderdale will be decked out in LED lights that can mimic the crashing of waves on the beach or fireworks. The five-level, $21 million garage will even have a rooftop restaurant and space to host events.

As this urban trend continues to grow, here is a look at some of the more standout parking garages in South Florida.

1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Everybody knows this as the jewel of parking garages in South Beach. With protruding angular columns, this open-air garage towers over Lincoln Road Mall’s western end and provides panoramic views of the 33139.

Designed by Switzerland-based Herzog & de Meuron for developer Robert Wennett, the garage opened in 2010 with 300 spaces. The seven-level garage has an event deck that has been used for photo shoots, receptions and movie opening events. Level 5 has a glass-encased fashion boutique called Alchemist.

 The seven-level garage has an event deck that has been used for photo shoots, receptions and parties for movie openings.