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...
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."