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Subterranean car showroom

The cave-like space inspired by cinematic universe of James Bond holds a high-tech underground lair for an extraordinary private classic car collection of Aston Martins– the largest of its kind in eastern Europe. Hidden under a grassy knoll in one of the Warsaw’s leafy residential areas, a winding access ramp slithers into the subterranean car showroom, where curved walls add texture to this sophisticated showroom. Daylight flooding through a three-metre-wide skylight highlights the organic shape of the room, enhanced with a subtle lighting scheme creating a dusk-like glow which enhances the visitor experience.

Location: Warsaw, Poland

Client: KDW Automobile

Timeline: Concept -2020 | Detail Design - 2021 | Construction - 2022

Status: Commission in Progress

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Showroom sectional model

CONCEPT

One of the most important aspects of the brief was the element of privacy and security, which we have taken as a design opportunity to create a subterranean showroom. Inspired by the classical dome structures the column-free space hidden beneath the landscape protrude over the surface creating a green mound in the garden while the writhing ramp seamlessly vanishes underground. The final proposal accentuates the utopian experience of a secret cave-like space seen in many classical James Bond movies.

CONCEPT

One of the most important aspects of the brief was the element of privacy and security, which we have taken as a design opportunity to create a subterranean showroom. Inspired by the classical dome structures the column-free space hidden beneath the landscape protrude over the surface creating a green mound in the garden while the writhing ramp seamlessly vanishes underground. The final proposal accentuates the utopian experience of a secret cave-like space seen in many classical James Bond movies.

PARAMETRIC DESIGN

A unique structure was fully designed using parametric methods to enable integrating complex geometries with the surrounding landscape within a relatively small construction site. Through real-time form-finding process we created and analysed various design options and its parameters, including the most optimal column free layout, curvature of the beams and shell to ensure stability of the structure and calculating the size of skylight window necessary to make daylight the primary source of lighting in the underground showroom.

PARAMETRIC DESIGN

A unique structure was fully designed using parametric methods to enable integrating complex geometries with the surrounding landscape within a relatively small construction site. Through real-time form-finding process we created and analysed various design options and its parameters, including the most optimal column free layout, curvature of the beams and shell to ensure stability of the structure and calculating the size of skylight window necessary to make daylight the primary source of lighting in the underground showroom.

LAYOUT

Displaying an eight-strong classic car collection, including the DB2 Drophead and the Vantage, with two extra spaces available for any future additions, the showroom will also feature a turning platform to help swiftly park the vehicles and a pop-up cinema, fashioned after drive-ins theaters. A car fume extraction system built into the floor can be connected directly to the exhaust pipes to draw the fumes out of the showroom ensuring good air quality inside.

LAYOUT

Displaying an eight-strong classic car collection, including the DB2 Drophead and the Vantage, with two extra spaces available for any future additions, the showroom will also feature a turning platform to help swiftly park the vehicles and a pop-up cinema, fashioned after drive-ins theaters. A car fume extraction system built into the floor can be connected directly to the exhaust pipes to draw the fumes out of the showroom ensuring good air quality inside.

RAMP

The ramp entrance and glass entrance gate were designed to meet the parameters of these vintage cars, including the turning radius, wheel width and more. Enabling smooth manoeuvring in and out of the showroom was paramount as all cars participate in a range of races across Europe. Parametric methods were used to achieve a seamless blend between the varying slope of the ramp with the exterior stair which had to comply with the public building regulations.

RAMP

The ramp entrance and glass entrance gate were designed to meet the parameters of these vintage cars, including the turning radius, wheel width and more. Enabling smooth manoeuvring in and out of the showroom was paramount as all cars participate in a range of races across Europe. Parametric methods were used to achieve a seamless blend between the varying slope of the ramp with the exterior stair which had to comply with the public building regulations.

PRIVATE COLLECTION

Racing through a carved-in-stone city of Matera in Italy, the classic Aston Martin DB5 is one of the main ‘characters’ in the trailer of ‘No time to die,’ the latest addition to the James Bond film franchise. Since the car’s first onscreen appearance with famous British agent in 1964, Aston Martin has become a cult object for automotive fans around the world. Vintage Car museum will bring the largest private collection of heritage Aston Martin cars in eastern Europe into new home currently spread across various locations in Poland.

PRIVATE COLLECTION

Racing through a carved-in-stone city of Matera in Italy, the classic Aston Martin DB5 is one of the main ‘characters’ in the trailer of ‘No time to die,’ the latest addition to the James Bond film franchise. Since the car’s first onscreen appearance with famous British agent in 1964, Aston Martin has become a cult object for automotive fans around the world. Vintage Car museum will bring the largest private collection of heritage Aston Martin cars in eastern Europe into new home currently spread across various locations in Poland.

Historical photo of the Aston Martin DB2 from the collection

Historical photo of the Aston Martin DB2 from the collection