A “James Bond” style secret underground garage, which can be controlled from a mobile phone, houses vintage cars and motorcycles.
The subterranean storage area was designed by Swiss studio B29 for a home near Lake Geneva, where the owner – an undisclosed member of a royal family – keeps his classic cars and motorcycles, including an Austin Healey Sprite.
Two giant lifts give access to facility which is part of a home near Lake Geneva and provides security for the valuable vehicles, as well as freeing up space ground level to create a space for manoeuvring and testing them.
The conditions of the garage such as temperature, lighting and humidity, can be controlled from an app on the client’s mobile phone which also delivers feedback on the building’s energy consumption.
“The first purpose of this building was to case a collection of motorcycles and luxury cars,” studio founder Thomas Bregman. “It is kind of a man cave, or a James Bond super garage that our client ordered.
“We were interested in building a project like a tailor would cut a suit for his client.”
The two lifts – designed to accommodate a car – are operated by giant electric pistons and are sheltered beneath a 7.5-metre-long pitched roof. This is supported at one end by a small semi-glazed enclosure, which can be used for extra parking and maintenance.
The linear roof is modelled on a 19th-century stable block, but instead of the traditional timber bracing, the structure is built from concrete and brick.
“Nowadays, the racehorses are replaced by powerful engines and special custom cars cherished by their owners,” said the architect.
The pre-stressed V-beam was designed by Swiss firm SB Engineer to resist winter snow falls and strong winds.