Janine Stone gives some intriguing insight into a unique and demanding design challenge…
…Our client needed somewhere to keep his toys. We suggested a box. In the basement.
The basement in question is a subterranean space excavated from a hillside (the hill on which the house stands). The box is a vast, concrete and steel garage. And the toys? Well the toys, as you’ve probably guessed by now, are his collection of classic cars, ranging from an ancient Austin 7 to a GT-40 muscle car.
To call him a petrol-head would be something of an understatement. Cars are his all-consuming, undying passion. Unfortunately, his local planning authority didn’t share this passion. The client wanted additional buildings that would accommodate his collection of cars (and provide some additional living space). The planners didn’t agree and invoked greenbelt-planning restrictions.
These restrictions meant it couldn’t be built upwards. They meant it couldn’t build outwards. In fact, it couldn’t be built in any direction, with one exception. Downwards. And that, in an inspired flash of lateral thinking, is exactly what we proposed. (Though whether downwards could be described as lateral is, of course, another matter.) [Read more…]