Concept Garage Winner: Chris Altman, Stubbs Muldrow Herin Architects
Mount Pleasant, SC
The design approach seeks to redefine the relationship between car, driver and garage. Unlike the typical garage of today, the design redefines the notion of the garage from a space of storage to a place that exhibits the quality and prestige of a Maserati. In concept, the garage is designed to refocus one's attention on the car.
The garage's mass is stretched long and low to diminish its scale while evoking a sense of motion. The garage is clad on the exterior with rough-cut limestone. This serves to visually contrast the highly engineered feel of a Maserati while providing a durable and long lasting building envelope. A reflection pool is located adjacent the garage to provide both added visual quality and as a means of providing passive cooling. Even the method in which one arrives and departs the garage is inspired by Maserati's racing heritage and performance. Floor carriages rotate to different positions, allowing a driver to enter and exit the garage in an efficient manner while eliminating the need for backing the car out.