Bindloss Dawes’ ‘Autobarn’ states its perform fairly clearly, however the ‘loose-fit’ metal and timber construction is meant to be ultra-flexible from the outset.
Autobarn: a house for vehicles
The positioning is within the grounds of a Grade II-listed 18th-century home in southern England, and the transient known as for a house for the consumer’s traditional automotive assortment, a construction that went above and past a standard storage and have become one thing extra akin to a gallery, albeit a spot the place work might nonetheless be undertaken.
The 165 sq m venture is break up into two elements, set at proper angles to one another. Pitched roofs acknowledge the present home and the native vernacular, however the façade therapy could be very totally different. The five-bay storage adjoins the two-car workshop area, full with automotive elevate, storage for instruments and elements, and a utility space.
All of the areas are prime lit, with a exactly detailed metal body emphasising the pitch and coming collectively beneath the apex. Entry is through giant sliding doorways, all the best way to a 7m, three-bay timber display screen on the storage construction, which is joined by a sliding glass door for added safety.
The consumer’s ardour is traditional Porsches, with a number of generations of the enduring 911 represented, alongside a Nineteen Seventies-era 914. ‘Our goal was to create a constructing that appeared elegant and acquainted at first look, however then opened as much as reveal one thing shocking and surprising,’ says architect Oliver Bindloss. ‘Utilizing the barn typology helped us to attain this, creating easy timber varieties that you just would possibly look forward to finding all through the countryside, however then introducing some theatre with the large sliding doorways, opening up the constructing to disclose the automotive assortment inside.’
The barn analogy is furthered by means of easy, quasi-agricultural supplies like concrete and recycled wooden strand board, in addition to a zinc roof. The sweet-chestnut cladding and meticulous inside joinery replicate the timeless particulars of the vehicles themselves.
The adaptability of the construction is guided by futureproof design parts, just like the underfloor heating and air supply warmth pump that could possibly be switched on if wanted, with further companies hid inside the panelling, ought to the Autobarn’s future use change.
Bindloss and George Dawes based their Somerset-based studio in 2018, following working collectively at Jamie Fobert Architects. The consumer describes the Autobarn venture as a ‘shut collaboration’ with architects, a method of realising a ‘long-term dream to carry my automotive assortment collectively beneath one roof, and to begin all of the restoration initiatives I’ve been planning’.
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