Monday, November 2, 2009

Parkitecture: Taming the Home Garage

You may not want to actually join this competition but it does suggest an interesting design project for your students - re-design the common garage. Garages with huge blank doors seem to dominate our landscape and even overpower most houses (right). Too often it would be more accurate to describe them as a "garage with attached house".

Dwell magazine’s newest contest (left), sponsored by Lexus, is a challenge to incorporate forward-thinking technology into a freestanding building that can hold no more than three vehicles. Entrants are invited to submit at least two renderings using Google SketchUp—one interior and one exterior—that illustrate the technological possibilities and sustainable potential of the garage of the future.

First prize is $1,000 and coverage on
Winner Announced: November 23rd, 2009
Judging Criteria
* Must be an original, unbuilt rendering of a residential garage that holds no more than three vehicles
* Must include at least one integrated technological system geared toward automobile maintenance and/or storage
* Proposed structure must be constructed of predominately recyclable materials
Submission Details
* Include at least two Google SketchUp renderings of the garage, including an interior rendering that illustrates the proposed technological system and an exterior rendering
* Include the name of the entry
* Include a 500-word description of the overall concept, including choice of materials and an explanation of the proposed technology and overall sustainable features

Click on the heading above to go to the competition site.

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