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Hagerty Employee

The intersection of cars and architecture is where we'd love to live

Frank Lloyd Wright, the master of mid-century modern architecture, was a total gearhead. Among more than 80 cars he owned during his life were machines by Bentley, Cord, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Cadillac, and he famously said, "A car is not a horse, and it doesn't need a barn."
https://www.hagerty.com/media/automobilia/the-intersection-of-cars-and-architecture-is-where-wed-lov...
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CitationMan
Gearhead

The garage from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is where I’d love to live. 

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hhaleblian
Pit Crew

It was for sale for a long time. If it was closer to my business or my business was closer to the home I would have jumped on it.
CitationMan
Gearhead

The house is really cool, too, but the glass and metal house suffered in the Chicago climate. Luckily a couple bought it and they did an extensive rehab to modernize and weatherproof the house. There were buyers who wanted to demolish the house and garage or split the parcel in two, so this couple really saved the house. Plus how wonderful would it be to own the Ferris Bueller garage!
Zephyr
Instructor

My understanding is that the Ferris Bueller garage has been converted to a guest house.
Bryan
Hagerty Employee

Reminds me of this unique Swiss display by Peter Kunz Architektur.

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adsinger
Intermediate Driver

That first house sure looks out of place in that neighborhood.
CitationMan
Gearhead

That’s common in Japan, you’ll see a block of normal houses, then a house like this one that looks like sculpture. Land is at a premium so you build where you find a lot.

BIGHOCK
Intermediate Driver

Porsche Design Tower
https://youtu.be/pEpLmx9DVSc
MrKnowItAll
Advanced Driver

Visual splendor doesn't necessarily translate into practical homes. Or garages.
Frank Lloyd Wright's homes are often described as cold, not "homey" and suffer from major problems like leaky roofs, etc.
No matter how visually stunning, the first order of business for any designer is to make the item practical and usable to the owner.... or satisfy the designer's or owners ego.
There's a reason roofs have a pitch.
Islander
Detailer

I used to wonder why the Kaufman's gave away that famous piece of artistry, Falling Water.
They initially wanted their home to have a view of that waterfall, not be part of it.
Think for a moment, a concrete dwelling built on top of a waterfall, the owners referred to it as -Rising Mildew. Just did not work for them.
'Sure looks cool, but, as I understand it, a constant maintenance headache.
TG
Technician

Function follows form, not the other way around... don't you know anything about design??? geez
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

I like the Belgium house with the glass to see through the floor into the garage. That's a very cool idea.
CitationMan
Gearhead

The Austin TX house in the article has a light well into the garage, very cool. 

https://www.dwell.com/home/autohaus-25ef8269

RG440
Instructor

Yes!, Great Idea and effects… What I don’t understand is how you get up from the garage??? There are stairs there but the reflection from the glass prove it’s sealed??? I can not envision the panels sliding or raising or lowering so why the steps?
RG440
Instructor

Ok, I get it now…stairs against the wall and glass panels…
TG
Technician

There was a bar/restaurant in my area that had a similar lower level wine cellar with a glass roof
SilentBoy741
Instructor

But where do you keep your tools?
TA76
Detailer

Not for people who like to work on their cars.
RallyeRalph
Detailer

Then you can go to the other extreme with people who reside much closer to their cars- all the homeless who are acrually sleeping in their cars.
RallyeRalph
Detailer

Actually
RonRod
Pit Crew

Someone who lived most of their life in Greenwich, Ct told me that at Luigi Chinetti's house there was a driveway that anyone could drive along between two rows of glass fronted "garages" so you could see his personal collection of Ferraris. Can someone please confirm this?
meptmoore
Pit Crew

Carports can look great however they are not of much use in areas like mine where hail is a common occurrence in the summer and fall. I hope that Texan really doesn't keep his Dino outside!
MATTMERICA
Technician

If you have the bucks to actually commission somebody to design and build you a home (picking the door knobs and choosing 1 of the 5 available elevations from your local stick builder doesn't count lol), chances are good that you might also have a nice ride. It only makes sense that the ride would get some love too. I recently bought my vehicles a new garage, and while it is no Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, it certainly compliments the home. And the vehicles, well, they just love it.
fox4gib
Pit Crew

The house in Texas would meet and exceed all my hopes and dreams...except perhaps when it came time to wash the windows.
Uniquecoaches03
Intermediate Driver

143 - Copy.jpgI have a long ways to go as my 1967 Porsche 912 project just sits inside a Harbor Freight portable garage.

MichaelB
Pit Crew

Stay at it. I restored my 1967 912 over a period of 3 years worth of weekends... It is worth it!
https://www.hagerty.com/drivers-club/my-garage/mdiow7jy/mr-michael/4ff202e3-bfa3-42dd-a12b-ff4ee0685...
RokemRonnie
Instructor

In 1924, Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned to design an "automotive observatory" for the top of Maryland's Sugerloaf Mountain called the "Gordon Strong Automotive Objective". It was supposed to be a destination for motorists.

https://www.hagerty.com/media/automotive-history/frank-lloyd-wrights-first-unbuilt-ziggurat-revolved...
DAdams
Intermediate Driver

Ho Hum. A common thread in all is space for only one car. A garage with room for only one car is like a decaf coffee - a why bother.
DougL
Detailer

I suppose that is OK for the people who own these places, but in my garage, actual work gets done on the cars. I doubt that is the case for any of the "garages" shown. I have no desire to own any of these.
TA76
Detailer

I'm sorry but none of these garages or house look like something I would want to live in. Kind of ugly. JMHO
Inline8OD
Instructor

SilentBoy741, TA76, RallyeRalph and DougL well sum it. When is Hagerty going to get off this kick of worshipping the rich, as with the soulless bunkers above?
Hercule
Intermediate Driver

Thank you.
CitationMan
Gearhead

But what if one of these homeowners grew up poor, worked hard, made some money, and bought the car they could never own when they had no money. And loved the car so much they placed it in an unusual garage. Maybe it’s OK to admire a guy like that.
Whether it’s a poor car guy, a middle class car guy, or a rich car guy, they’re ALL car guys.
SuperDeLuxe
Advanced Driver

I couldn't have glass walls in my garage unless they were able to withstand the impact of a 1/2 inch ratchet wrench. That and I don't think anyone wants to see me in my skivvies bent over the fender of my wife's Optima.
Oldroad1
Technician

Car worship, can't deride these home owners for having the freedom to do exactly what I would do if I were fortunate enough to live within their circumstance.
JRJones
Detailer

Despite my token efforts, my indoor/outgarage is the origin of particulates and noxious fumes. That production is accompanied by welding flash and compressor clamor. My frustrated wife wears noise attenuators, reaches in the length of the vacuum extensions, and longs for the days of (only) exhaust noise.
denali94
Intermediate Driver

Many of you who complain that these garages are not practical as they allow no work to be accomplished on the vehicles simply do not get it. These garages are to showcase the car - display it like fine art. If the car needs servicing or repair work, it is simply moved to the owner's repair building just down the lane. You know, the one in front of the servants quarters . . .
Canucklehead
Pit Crew

I love my garage, it’s full of tools, somewhat clean, sometimes. It’s a busy place, love spending time in it. But … I’ve always thought having a clean, comfortable place to simply sit, admire my automotive efforts, watch a ball game or an auto show, conversation and share drinks with my gearhead friends would be truly nice. Especially come winter. Add a fireplace. It’s snowing.
gtokdx1
Detailer

I like Henry Ford's "Fairlane" home garage in Dearborn with the rotating floor that allowed him to pull straight in, then drive straight out!