The team of landscape architect Cedar Baldridge and Dillon Kyle designed this whimsical carport and parking area for the Meredith Long Gallery. With its high profile but spatially limited location on busy San Felipe Street in Houston, the new carport and parking lot establish a heightened street presence for the gallery. The parking lot in effect becomes a billboard, with its sculptural carport providing a visual delight for passersby as well as occupants.
The need to fit as many cars as possible into the limited site left very little room for green space or plantings. In response, the parking structure itself became a virtual topiary fantasy, a sculptural element covered in a blownup graphic of foliage. Galvanized steel gates and simple grass berms complement the modern lines of the carport, which can also be used as an entertainment space during gallery openings and other events.