Posted November 10, 2018
The MicroTower Parking Booth is the recipient of the AIA Columbus Merit Award! The booth is part of Bold Booths, a public art program in downtown Columbus that reimagines the parking booth, an overlooked occupant of the most banal of urban landscapes, as a disruptive artifact, both art and architecture, curious and exuberant. The MicroTower re-creates the parking booth as a new tower on the city's skyline, realized at a scale both tall and small, its proportions and minimal, monolithic nature mimicking the office towers that surround it. The ambiguity of its perceived scale produces a surreal presence. Nevertheless, at 40' in height, it assumes the role of both urban landmark and sign for the business of urban parking.
"This project incited all sorts of comments and theories, once we realized the creative genius of using an existing shipping container, putting on its end and reinbahiting as a form of public art we were all entranced. Despite its incredibly low budget this project has a great pop art potential for connecting some of the less inhabited parts of town that are inhabited by cars."