- a new typology of a single family house.
Auto-Family House represents a new way of thinking about the entrance area in a suburban residence. We usually enter the house by a car, using the garage integrated in main solid. The main entrance is rarely used.
Nowadays the cars are becoming cleaner and more eco-friendly, hence the idea emerged to include the garage into the representative entrance area. As a result, a new type of a family house emerged.
In the Auto-Family House the entrance and the driveway areas get transformed into a unique common space.
The only access to the sloping plot was the southern one. It caused a collision between the future garden and the driveway.
The terrain is leveled in order to obtain two zones: the driveway space and the private garden. The driveway space is left on the ground level and the garden with the house is raised above and separated by a retaining wall.
The driveway is rising to the level of the garden to provide a comfort access route to the house. However, to avoid dividing the garden, the driveway is covered with a green roof and finished with walls serving as borderlines. The result is a tunnel emerging in the garden, becoming a house. As a consequence, the tunnel is both the entrance and the driveway.
The owner is an art collector so the tunnel is also used as a gallery of his paintings collection.
The future will bring non-emissive cars which will be welcome to the living part of the house. It creates a new type of a family house which may encourage its residents to buy more eco-friendly cars. The Auto-Family House becomes a forerunner of such changes.
Guest house, storage: 137,1sqm