• Aug 23, 2006
Unless your filthy rich and have built an Ultimate Garage, then it's likely the place you park yourt car is a vinyl-sided box with all the style and grace of a dog house. Since Citroen believes its new executive model, the C6, is better than man's best friend, it enlisted architectural firm Neutral to design a proper sanctuary for it. Neutral partners Tapio Spellman and Christian Grou designed the garage with three solid "strands" as a frame. The C6 – we suppose it would take other cars, too – can be driven in from the front or back of the garage and the sliding transparent walls are made of polycarbonate sheets with embedded color LCD layers that go opaque when privacy mode is turned on. The last trick up this designer garage's sleeve is a walkway onto its roof where homeowners can gather after a long work day. It also provides a nice vantage point for children who like to throw things at passing traffic. Not that we did anything like that when we were young. Nope. If you'd like a Neutral garage at the end of your own driveway, be prepared to cough up a hefty chunk of change. £112,330 to be exact, about three times the cost of the C6 that's supposed to be parked inside.

More pics and a press release can be found after the jump...

[Source: Citroen]


Press release:

THE WORLD'S FIRST DESIGNER GARAGE

–COMPLETE WITH SIX FIGURE PRICE TAG

Car manufacturer, Citroën, has unveiled the world's first 'designer garage' for its new executive model, the C6. Penned exclusively by acclaimed architects, Neutral, the unique structure comes with a £112,330 price tag (£95,600 + VAT) – three times the cost of a range-topping C6.

With credits including the Munich football stadium, the Allianz Arena, to their name, Neutral partners, Tapio Spellman and Christian Grou, conceived the garage as a sculptural design to "envelop and present the C6 in a truly unique and independent environment".

Drawing inspiration from the pronounced architectural forms of the Citroën C6 itself, the garage is formed by three solid strands, which create the 'skeleton' of the main building that stands 3m tall and covers 50m2.

Constructed out of light transmitting concrete with transparent sliding 'doors' to the sides, which allow the vehicle to enter from either the front or the rear, the building securely encloses the C6 in the traditional sense of a garage, but at the same time allows it to be displayed to the passer-by.

The transparent sliding plates have been constructed of reinforced, environmentally friendly polycarbonate sheets with coloured LCD layers in the sheets allowing for opacity when the car owner switches on the privacy mode.

Reflecting the technical finesse of the Citroën C6, the multi-functional garage not only makes a bold, spatial statement, its tectonic design provides the owner with a useable roof terrace and a unique 'man-made landscape' to adjoin their home.

According to Neutral's Christian Grou, the garage "encourages a visual dialogue between the inside and outside, and between the car and its environment as a result of the use of materials of different transparencies."

He adds: "The C6 is a truly individual statement, and one which deserves more than a run of the mill, brick and mortar garage."


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      • 8 Years Ago
      *Blake* Maybe you should open a dictionary. You're is "you are". So lets see if this works. "Citroen builds designer garage to house you are C6" Depending on YOUR education this may work. Oh by the way, cool garage!
      • 8 Years Ago
      It looks like something by Zaha Hadid.

      #11 you miss the point. If you can have a garage like this, you probably don't mow your own lawn, paint your own house, or change your own oil. Any other stuff, you have you servents fetch it for you, or you just keep it in a discreet shed tucked behind some landscaping, far out of sight.

      This is more a carport (porte cochere?) than a garage anyway.
      • 8 Years Ago
      wow! thats amazing. you can even have people up there

      http://www.carchops.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      I *can* afford a garage like that, and it looks like a ridiculous waste of space to me. An attractive design is interesting, and I know several people whose garages are basically showcases for some of their nicer cars (they typically have a separate garage or building for things like lawn mowers), but the whole layout of this thing screams "designer who probably doesn't even own a house"...

      In fact, it's not even a very good rendering. Do you drive your Enzo across the lawn? It doesn't look wide enough to open the doors on that C6. Since it looks like the back curves down into the pond, did those people climb over the ledge to get to the roof?

      Man, who knew there was publicity and money in knocking out renderings of pretend buildings during your lunch hour?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wish they still sold Citroens in the US. I love the C6.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why can't the car's windows be made with those lcd layers? I'd like to tint my windows on demand.

      Normally I'd like everyone to see my happy face as I drive around in my C6. But, sometimes I get lucky, and need some privacy in there.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Redeye, lighten up on Blake... you're wrong to correct him; he wasn't referring to the headline. To quote the article:

      "Unless your filthy rich and have built an Ultimate Garage..."

      Unless my filthy rich what?

      I tend to grammar nazi (used as a verb) a bit myself, but only to provide constructive criticism, not to belittle the author. Blake did what I do, you were just flaming... I'm only pointing it out because I'd be happier if people weren't so quick to attack *other people* and instead attacked the errors themselves.

      On topic, this thing looks great in concept, but I wanna see a prototype built, not rendered.
      • 8 Years Ago
      what kind of person would have a house and garage like that and drive a citroen?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Very nice, both the car and garage.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Now thats what I call a Garage.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I suppose every room in a house is someone's favorite and there is someone out there who would build the ultimate water heater closet.

      I spent a little more than this remodeling my house and the garage is the last thing I would want to show off. Yes this is a very cool design but in the end a garage is a box for storing a car.