The Citroën C6, which arrives in Australia in October, is now available with a unique optional extra, a designer garage that Citroen says, will match the unique style of Citroëns range-topping model. The garage is designed exclusively for the Citroen C6 and incase you are wondering, yes its not cheap. The unique structure comes with a $281,000 AUD price tag.
The designers, Tapio Spellman and Christian Grou who had their hands in projects such as the Munich football stadium, the Allianz Arena, are the designers for the Citroen garage. Drawing inspiration from the pronounced architectural forms of the Citroën C6 itself, the garage is formed by three solid strands, which create the skeleton of the main building that stands 3m tall and covers 50m2.
Okay so I hate to admit it, but having a transparent garage is relatively cool. Nonetheless, I am not sure how much “credit” your neighbours will go you. Okay so you have lots of money, but you are simply telling the world, that you have so much money, that you can stand on the roof of your garage so you can point and laugh at people walking below!
Constructed out of light transmitting concrete with transparent sliding doors to the sides, which allow the vehicle to enter from either the front or the rear, the building securely encloses the C6 in the traditional sense of a garage, but at the same time allows it to be displayed to the passer-by. I am not sure how many people are willing to have their car up for public display, but nonetheless if you have a Ferrari, I can see this garage being worth the money, but for a Citroen C6? Well.. maybe if your French.
The transparent sliding plates have been constructed from reinforced, environmentally friendly polycarbonate sheets with coloured LCD layers in the sheets allowing for opacity when the car owner switches on the privacy mode. According to Neutrals Christian Grou, the garage encourages a visual dialogue between the inside and outside, and between the car and its environment as a result of the use of materials of different transparencies.
Hmmm you know when you think about, given that an average house costs about $600,000 depending on where you live, a $281,000 garage isn’t actually that expensive! Nonetheless, perhaps the garage would be better suited housing cars of Italian blood.