The subterranean garage was designed by Geneva studio B29 for a home near Lake Geneva, where the owner – an undisclosed royal – keeps his classic cars and motorcycles, including an Austin Healey Sprite.
The building provides security for the valuable vehicles, as well as freeing up space ground level to create a “paddock area” for manoeuvring.
“The first purpose of this building was to case a collection of motorcycles and luxury cars,” studio founder Thomas Bregman. “It is kind of a man cave, or a James Bond super garage that our client ordered.”
“We were interested in building a project like a tailor would cut a suit for his client,” he added.
The two car-sized lifts are operated by giant electric pistons and are sheltered beneath a 7.5-metre-long pitched roof. This is supported at one end by a small semi-glazed enclosure, which can be used for extra parking and maintenance.
The linear roof is modelled on a 19th-century stable block, but instead of the traditional timber bracing, the structure is built from concrete and brick.