Carports: Things we don't have a lot of in Canada save for in front of hotels. Or to shelter that boat you wish you'd never bought that won't fit in the garage. Probably the biggest reason carports aren't popular up here is the obvious one: its cold and despite all our bluster, we're wusses. Going out into an unheated garage to start up the car in the morning is bad enough, and at least when you park your car on the street you're fairly certain you can get the car off and driving thanks to midnight snowplows (barring a blizzard, in which case you're probably allowed to stay home anyway). Carports have the dual disadvantage to us northern dwellers of lacking walls to block the icy cold winds, and being vulnerable to snow that will not be happily removed for you by any civic snowplow--or any hand but your own mittened one frozen to the shovel.
So, we don't really use car ports. But then, does anyone excessively? Unsure. Haven't traveled enough. Moving on.
Regardless of the lack of applicability of the carport to my own culture, I thought I'd throw up a few pictures of some interesting examples of these under-appreciated architectural sidebars. So here goes, in no particular order:
1. The Overhang - Villa Midgard, Stockholm
Because nothing screams "its safe to park your car here" like a concrete overhang. Concrete is indestructible, right?
2. The Solar powered bike rack
This solar powered beauty can at once charge your electric car and store your bikes while taking up minimal space. I call this a pretty cool little wonder of technology. It looks fairly easy to set up too, considering what it is.
3. The Green Rooftop-port
C'mon, for a warm climated place, you gotta admit this is a pretty cool idea. My only question is how/if you can get on top of it.
4. The Hollywood Hills
Something sort of Jetson-y about this lean-to design, circa 1972.
5. The F**k You Gravity Carport, Lithuania
The cars are actually serving an important role in keeping the house up. Making this carport an essential part of the design. Really.
6. The Camouflage Dream Carport
A great, easy to set up, portable guestroom for your car. Because putting it in this is way safer and less conspicuous than parking it on the street. And it doesn't look ridiculous. AT ALL.