peter kunz architektur: garagenatelier in herdern peter kunz architektur: garagenatelier in herdern
jun 13, 2012

peter kunz architektur: garagenatelier in herdern

‘garagenatelier’ by peter kunz architektur, herdern, switzerland all images © peter kunz architektur all images courtesy peter kunz architektur

in the mountains of herdern, switzerland is ‘garagenatelier’, a parking structure by swiss practice peter kunz architektur. five concrete cubes are embedded into the landscape, partially revealing the solid enclosure by the sloping terrain. the structural material frames a glass pane offering outward views of the thur plain from the parked cars. a driveway leads visitors down the hillside to enter through one of the end units. a sliding glazing panel allows entry into the facility. within the surface of the glass, inscriptions by artist oliver kühn depict the relationship between automobile and man.

the five slots which are visible from the exterior project from the footprint of the unified interior which is capable of containing eight vehicles. natural daylight enters the cave-like space through the windows, brightening the dark cast concrete floor along with spaced tubular lamps. a concealed stairway leads individuals to the roof top of the structure and consequently back up to the level of the road.

glass fronted parking spaces are embedded into the landscape

interior

floor plan / level 0

section

via iGNANT

  • yuppishissl…. putting concrete cubes into beatyful nature landscape.. just to show the expensive cars

    donno says:
  • a little excessive for five cars…

    anonymous says:
  • How do the cars get there?

    Vania Pinto says:
  • from living in concrete bunker type situations with large pane windows facing the sun in NYC, I can say that I would prefer my fancy Porsche stay out of that intense heat and light. although i can appreciate the modular look.

    david says:
  • is very beautiful for to contemplation the nuclear apocalypse

    kBpi0 says:
  • @david
    overseas in europe it really doesn’t get that hot.

    Back on topic, looks dope, definitely seems more for a private collector though.

    govermint says:
  • It’s raw. I love the natural / simple look of it, yet I wonder who is going to walk in mud and grass to look at the cars, when it seems there is nothing else to do (The interior is also quite “empty”). And in my opinion, should you want to integrate the parking in the landscape, please do not make it so visible and dramatic. Then a last question: What if you don’t have a Porsche ?

    Stephane says:
  • not enough cars in the city?…

    uchaFFu says:
  • That’s the point everyone. The cars on display in nature.

    PE says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

comments policy
LOG IN
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

architecture news