Written by Wendy Bowman | Photography Courtesy of The Agency
When it comes to lavish garages, L.A.’s auto aficionados can pretty much have their pick. There are more than enough options from which to choose—all just waiting to showcase a prized collection of luxury or vintage vehicles or to serve as the ultimate man cave.
“L.A. is, and always has been, a land of beautiful cars,” says Trevor Abramson, design principal at Culver City’s Abramson Teiger Architects.
“We like to give our clients an opportunity to showcase their collectibles on their own property. We look at these showcase rooms as another habitable space of the home, as opposed to a place to simply store a car. They are designed with the same level of detail and high-quality materials seen throughout the other rooms in the house…often with lots of natural light, large-scale windows and beautiful views.”
For Abramson, the creativity for home garages is endless. A current Pacific Palisades project includes a glass-enclosed wing that not only exhibits vintage cars, but also overlooks Rustic Canyon and opens to a courtyard leading to an office and open retreat. Another recent project features a minimal carport that doubles as a workspace for photographing major car advertisements and a personal auto showroom for a commercial photographer in Calabasas, complete with stunning mountain views.
Then there’s the architectural beauty at 1307 Sierra Alta Way on the Sunset Strip, now on the market for $22.9 million. Designed by Cyrus Harouni of Hafco & Associates and listed by The Agency, one finds its impressive seven-car gallery garage enclosed by steel folding glass doors. Yet other standout features include custom linear lighting; epoxy flooring; a maplepaneled ceiling; and a sliding glass wall that allows the homeowner to peer at the cars from inside the home.
“Most garages are being treated not just as an auxiliary space, but also as part of the main living quarters,” says Harouni. “It’s pretty much like showing
off your jewelry.” Ladies and gents, start your engines!
The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is known for debuting revolutionary products in the field of technology. From the VCR in 1970 to the 3DTV in 2009, CES has been host to the unveiling of endless products that have redefined the world. Last week’s CES in Las Vegas may have set the bar for life-changing tech thanks to Mercedes-Benz.
The Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion research vehicle stunned those on the trade show floor with more than trend-leading technology. This vehicle provided a glimpse into the future with the advent of the autonomous vehicle. It is a self-navigating private luxury space containing a myriad of technological advancements that will not only change people’s relationship to the automobile but also lead the way in restructuring the transportation infrastructure.
Beyond the high-end finish of open-pore walnut wood and ice-white nappa leather, the command center of the F 015 Luxury in Motion is largely comprised of touch-sensitive displays throughout the vehicle which dynamically reconfigure the onscreen controls to the orientation and body position of each passenger in the cabin. Accompanying the interactive interior panels are gestural recognition and eye tracking technologies to make continuous communication with the vehicle an effortless task. In a trend sure to be seen by all autonomous vehicles of the future, the interior of the cabin is evenly spaced with four rotating lounge chairs allowing all passengers to swivel and face each other while the car is in motion. Facilitating the entrance into this reimagined interior are two doors which open in a suicide configuration, which Mercedes-Benz is calling their “saloon-style” doors.
The exterior design goes beyond the expectation of what a futuristic vehicle should be. Carbon fiber, aluminum, and high-strength steel provide smooth, flowing curves that sweep over the low nose and wrap tightly in the tail. LED lighting panels in the front and rear not only signal to the outside environment with varying color but also use pattern and digital text to indicate current operating conditions. A high-precision laser projection system adds an unprecedented level of interaction with the outside world, displaying information directly on the road ahead. Rounding out the vehicle, an F-CELL PLUG-IN HYBRID drive system is powering the drivetrain.
While reviewing any of the futuristic features of this concept car, Mercedes-Benz representatives are quick to point out that the F 015 Luxury in Motion is more than the compilation of its components. It is a glimpse into a redefined society where the automobile is not just a mode of transportation, but an extension of one’s living space.
WHY WE DIG IT:
>> Self-driving car lets you kick back & relax
>> Luxury club-inspired lighting
>> Interior screensaver-style animations
>> HD color touch screen door panels
>> Decent speed for a green car
>> Face-to-face seat configuration
>> Rear saloon-style doors
>> Talks to you like KITT