The Block 11 looks like a big slab of concrete that has been covered in hieroglyphics. The perforated facade panels are not made out of cement, however, and the images covering them are far from the ancient Egyptian markings. Instead, they are images that are characteristic of the province of Flevoland, which include birds, windmills, garden gnomes and bird houses.
Designed by MEI Architecture, the Block 11 is a parking garage in Almere, The Netherlands. Comprised of 413 parking spaces, it is an eco-conscious, transparent structure that is part of the city's urban expansion. The perforation encourages natural ventilation and creates an open atmosphere -- especially at night. The walls are also punctuated with plant holders that add a dash of refreshing whimsy.