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B29 creates “James Bond super garage” in Switzerland for a royal client

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Two giant lifts are concealed in the base of this garage in Switzerland, providing access to a secret underground space where a member of a royal family stores vintage cars and motorcycles (+ slideshow).

James Bond Garage by B29

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.

James Bond Garage by B29

The building provides security for the valuable vehicles, as well as freeing up space ground level to create a “paddock area” for manoeuvring.

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James Bond Garage by B29

“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.

James Bond Garage by B29

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.

James Bond Garage by B29

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.

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