Most cars are relegated to the unadorned garage, but that’s not the case with the Autofamily House, a suburban residence in Poland that transforms the driveway and garage into a long green-roofed drive-thru art gallery. Designed by Polish firm KWK Promes, the Autofamily House is an experimental family home that explores a new entrance typology in suburban residences. The removal of traditional boundaries between living space and garage created an opportunity for this unique multifunctional decorated space designed for both pedestrians and eco-friendly automobiles.
Access to the 990-square-meter Autofamily House starts at the south-end entrance, where a ramped driveway leads automobiles up into the living room located three meters above ground level. The multifunctional covered driveway is used as an art gallery to house the owner’s paintings collection. The landscaped roof grown atop the covered ramp rises like a seamless green ribbon that double backs at the end of the driveway ramp and continues to rise as part of the two-story-high building.
The exterior walls of the green-roofed ramp-like structure are painted white and punctuated by glazed openings. The ramp culminates in a second-story-high south-facing balcony with recessed floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. The cantilevered second story comprises the bedrooms and is stacked atop a glazed volume that contains the modern living areas. The home was completed in 2012.
Images via KWK Promes