The Atlantic Cities

Hint: Think of Transformers.

There is a four-car parking garage hidden somewhere in the above picture. Take a couple seconds to search for it, then scroll below for a video unveiling the illusion.

If it helps, here is a wider view:

I spotted the secret garage on Tuesday evening thanks to the "No Parking" sign and the sloped pavement leading into the house, seemingly for no reason. The strangely lit windows were another giveaway, as they highlight angled poles inside that would make sense in a fifth-dimensional strip club.

A bit of Googling reveals that this home, located in the Upper Haight on the 1700 block of Oak Street, was briefly famous in 2011 for its unusual solution to a zoning problem. Writes the company that helped build the thing, Beausoleil Architects:

The front wall of the ground floor had a three sided bay window, with windows on each face, matching the bays on the levels above, and the city planning department had recently started enforcing its mandate to limit changes to the character of historic building’s front facades – including conversion of bay windows into garage doors....

Corey, a mechanical engineer by education and a problem solver by nature, conceived the idea of converting the walls of the bay window into door panels that would fold into the garage space to allow cars to enter, and then fold back into place, keeping the historic appearance intact....

While not entirely pleasing to the city planners, who consider cars to be the spawn of the devil, the new parking will no doubt be very useful to the tenants, at least until we can devise our next trick – teleportation!

Man, do people have a lot of money in this town. If you're ready to have your mind blown, here goes:

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. Design

    The Curious Politics of a Montreal Mega-Mall

    The car-dependent suburb it’ll be built in wants to greenlight Royalmount against the city government’s wishes but it needs them to pay for the public infrastructure.

  2. Multicolored maps of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Tampa, denoting neighborhood fragmentation
    Equity

    Urban Neighborhoods, Once Distinct by Race and Class, Are Blurring

    Yet in cities, affluent white neighborhoods and high-poverty black ones are outliers, resisting the fragmentation shown with other types of neighborhoods.

  3. Design

    A History of the American Public Library

    A visual exploration of how a critical piece of social infrastructure came to be.

  4. Design

    There’s a Tile Theft Epidemic in Lisbon

    With a single azulejo fetching hundreds of euros at the city’s more reputable antique stores, these tiles, sitting there out in the open, are easy pickings.

  5. Equity

    Capturing Black Bottom, a Detroit Neighborhood Lost to Urban Renewal

    “Black Bottom Street View,” now exhibiting at the Detroit Public Library, thoughtfully displays old images of the historic African American neighborhood in its final days.