Detroit, Melbourne, Sheffield: who will take the honours in parking's equivalent of the Oscars? Adam Sherwin tips the front- runners
Few motorists will have paused to consider the aesthetic grandeur of the multi-storey car parks that swallow their change. But drivers in Birmingham and Sheffield can at least console themselves that they are circling facilities named among the top 10 coolest in the world. The multi-storey car park on Charles Street, Sheffield, nicknamed the "Cheesegrater" and Birmingham's Millennium Point have made the shortlist of the 2013 Coolest Car Parks in the World list.
The "Cheesegrater", created by architects Allies & Morrison, features exterior metal panels that resemble the kitchen utensil. The car park, which opened in 2008, has already received a Royal Institute of British Architects Yorkshire award. Millennium Point echoes the brutalist architecture popular between the 1950s and 1970s.
Contenders vying for the prestigious award include the Michigan Theatre in Detroit which was featured in the Eminem film 8 Mile.
The theatre was opened in 1926 and slated for demolition after it closed in 1976. But engineers, fearing this could destabilise surrounding buildings, inserted a three-storey car park inside the shell instead.
The competition is jointly run by FX magazine and website Stress Free Airport Parking, who have chosen car parks from all over the world. The final 10 includes entries from Melbourne, Miami and Vancouver. …