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The Man Cave

Date published: February 02 2017


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A jaw-dropping solution to house two or three sports cars in a plush environment

After living for a year or two enjoying the completion of his house in an affluent south Manchester suburb, the client called in The Design Practise by UBER to solve a fundamental design issue with the property that had become apparent.

Utilising their specialist creative space planning and experience, they put their heads together to come up with a jaw-dropping solution to house two or three of the client’s best sports cars in a plush subterranean environment.

Setting out to create a car ‘trophy cabinet’, a high end finish was paramount in order to mirror the quality finish of the inside of the sports cars themselves.

Set in a polished resin floor, which in turn reflects the polished plaster ceiling above, a central turntable was installed to allow cars to be turned around to avoid having to reverse back out up the driveway.

An entertainment space was created around this central podium, including a leather floored wine cellar, a fully fitted bar with booth seating, specialised mirror TV and a bespoke pool table.

The circular ceiling feature that sits above the turntable was a masterpiece in design and engineering in itself, weighing over a ton in weight and being suspended from a heavily clustered ceiling full of pipe work and cabling. The design intent was to achieve a glow from the amber back lit precious stone together with a smoked mirrored central section to show the car off and reflect its beautiful aero dynamic shapes across the roofline.

They worked with specialist AV contractors, Ultamation, to bring the space to life technologically. Clever touches include floor sensors on gate entry to detect which of the client’s vehicles is entering the garage space with settings customised to suit the particular driver as they enter - from the music that greets them, to the lighting and even heating levels.

This project truly was a one of a kind, and its impact is best summed up by the ecstatic client who said of the job “When I invited The Design Practice by UBER to create a lifestyle from a bland, open space I knew they would come up with something exciting. But what they actually produced blew my mind!”

Designer: Simon Evans

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