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!
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 . . .
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.