The Ultimate Garage
Winner of Maserati and Architectural Digest magazine “Design Driven” Award
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The Ultimate Garage Los Angeles, CA, USA
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA Square Footage: 1,300 sq. ft. Completion: 2009 Builder & Design Teams: Holger Schubert (Owner, Architect, Builder) Products contributed by Phantom Screens: Large motorized retractable screens Brand name of the Products: Motorized Executive Screens by Phantom ® Mesh type: SheerWeave 2360 Mesh color: Charcoal Product details: 90% sun control/UV blockage and 10% openness Installer: Screens of Southern California Authorized Distributor of Phantom Screens Overview: In 2009, Maserati shined a spotlight on the place where cars are parked through a nationwide call for entries in their Ultimate Garage competition. Holger Schubert, a renowned architect and car aficionado, took the challenge and designed his garage specifically for this competition. He was consequently awarded first place for existing garage category, although calling the 1,200-square-foot space that houses Holger Schubert’s 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi Boxer a garage is like calling his Ferrari a sporty coupe. Schubert’s “garage” is an exquisite space that resembles a museum exhibit of the ultimate man cave of the twenty-first century. As an admirer of art and cars, Schubert designed and built the area to be his retreat, with the Ferrari as the focal point. Need: Schubert required a solution that enabled him to shade the sun and prevent the solar heat from entering the room. In addition, the entire screen had to remain completely hidden when not in use to preserve the architectural integrity of the building. Solution: After having considered several screening and shading options, Schubert selected the motorized
Executive Retractable Screens by Phantom. Phantom’s screens were the only ones that met all requirements, as they provide solar protection while maintaining the look of the room. As the most efficient way to reduce solar heat gain in a building is to stop the heat before it enters the interior space, exterior shade systems are considered more effective than interior solar products. Phantom’s motorized Executive Screens were therefore mounted on the exterior of the windows to absorb and dissipate heat and glare before it reaches the glazing. The openness level of the mesh combined with the darker shade (which absorbs glare) helps to preserve the view to the outside and maintain a comfortable level of interior light. At night the screens are completely retracted in recessed housings, and the car is reflected on three 16-foot glass windows.