E CARPARK is a garage designed for sports car enthusiasts. For enthusiasts, sports cars are not only means of transportation and artwork, but also represent the freedom and adventure inside, and what this garage shows and emphasizes is the freedom of mobility brought by cars.
▼项目概览，preview © hdp
How to make the dark closed garage into a futuristic sports car museum?
OFT chooses four key words as the concept of design：”technology·flow·freedom·future”. A large number of straight lines and curves on the ground and ceiling simulates the speeding state of vehicles on the road, which enables the driving dynamics to be continued in this flowing space, symbolizing the never-ending adventure. This is not the end, but the starting point.
▼大量直线与曲线，large number of straight lines and curves © hdp
The starting point of freedom and adventure
The project was a supporting garage for the Causeway Bay commercial building in Hong Kong before the renovation, and the owner bought it as a private garage, although it is a private garage, the area is fully 1000 square meters. Taking into account the owner’s identity of sports car enthusiast, as well as to highlight the identity of the absolute protagonist of the car in the space, the designer set up only 28 parking spaces in this 1,000 ㎡ garage, and the size of the parking spaces is also slightly larger than conventional. In terms of displaying, E CARPARK can be said to be a veritable miniature museum of sports cars. When designing, OFT kept its original structure and focused on the dimensions of guidance, lighting, walls and colors for renovation.
▼车库入口，entrance © hdp
▼坡道分析，slope diagram © OFT
The entrance assumes the role of the owner’s first impression of the garage. To enhance the sense of serialization ritual, the designer designed a unique LOGO for the garage and created a sense of infinite extension of the space with continuous LED light strips. The LOGO serves both as a unique space mark and as guiding lighting, directing the owner to enter and enhancing the owner’s inner sense of belonging. Garage ramp is one of the key points of garage design. As the necessary way and the first space that vehicles entering into the basement, its performance directly affects the safety index of the entrance and exit. Therefore, in the design, the slope must be small enough (Lamborghini does not touch the underpan); at the same time, it also need to be anti-slip, anti-vibration and noise reduction. In addition, anti-glare to reduce the visual stimulation when in and out of the basement is necessary.
▼坡度较小，small slope © hdp
▼灯光标识，led logo © hdp
A sense of flowing space: humanized guide signs
Nowadays, LED lamps and lanterns have gradually replaced traditional fluorescent lamps as the future trend. In this project, OFT used a large number of customized LED lighting fixtures for the garage to enhance the transparency and brightness of the space, while also breaking the traditional single top-focused lighting method into local diffuse lighting from the top to the wall, turning the originally cramped and static garage into a free-flowing museum. In the aspect of the overall color and atmosphere, OFT chose a more neutral and technological visual presentation. The sharp cool color strip lights and flat elements of the entrance wall deliberately weaken the color brought about by the competition for the line of sight.
▼从顶部到墙面的局部漫射式照明 © hdp
local diffuse lighting from the top to the wall
In addition to the appearance attractiveness, these customized lamps also assume another important role: the guidance system and space zoning. The guidance system is mainly composed of the guide signs on the wall and the car line marking of the ground part together. The partition is completed by several surfaces together. The garage is divided into four areas of A，B，C and D, and the designer softly partitions the four areas through walls, floors and ceilings. (In the four areas, the difference between the wall, floor and ceiling are reflected through the jigsaw.)
▼发光LED导视，luminous LED guide © hdp
天花 | Ceiling
Before remodeling: the ducts were exposed and looked disorganized, the top light was white fluorescent, with overall weak atmosphere.
▼改造前天花，ceiling before renovation © hdp
After remodeling: The air vents are hidden above the ceiling, and custom linear, ribbon and circle light fixtures are made to create the effect of space zoning while also becoming the landscape of the space.
▼改造后天花，ceiling after renovation © hdp
▼带状及圈状灯具成为空间景观 © hdp
ribbon and circle lights become the landscape of the space
墙面 | Walls
Before: The walls were the most conventional latex painted white walls of the garage, which were not durable and too common. When those valuable artworks were parked here, no matter how outstanding the appearance and performance, they could only linger in the mediocre scene.
▼改造前墙面，walls before renovation © hdp
After: aluminum alloy decorative plate and luminous LED guide bring a visual experience of moving and changing the scenery.
▼改造后墙面，walls after renovation © hdp
▼铝合金装饰板加发光LED导视 © hdp
aluminum alloy decorative plate and luminous LED guide
▼细部，details © hdp
地面 | Flooring
Before: large area of gray floor paint can easily produce visual fatigue, and the ground car line is not clear, resulting in vehicles’lost in the garage.
▼改造前地面，flooring before renovation © hdp
After: The floor uses flat elements to match the theme of the whole space as well as the zoning effect, and custom-made floor drains with logo of the project, connecting the relationship between the space, garage and people with details.
▼改造后地面，flooring after renovation © hdp
▼细部，details © hdp
Garage 3.0 era: sports car museum + social scene
In addition to re-planning the moving line, OFT Design also proposed the concept of “Sports Car Museum + Social Scene” to redefine the garage, allowing more adventurous artists to communicate in this space, creating a resonance between people and cars as well as among people. The designers have created a new social space in the “Sports Car Museum”, with a semi-open lounge area through a convergent ceiling and floor that is different from other areas.
▼全新社交空间，new social space © hdp
Looking up above the head, a round chandelier installation is made at the top of the lounge area. Unlike the light lines of the parking area, the heavy lamps in the lounge area bring a sense of warmth and security in the package, and the warm yellow light also creates a unique affinity and distance-free atmosphere for this social space. When car enthusiasts meet and chat here, they can walk to any piece of artwork to admire and gaze at it as they wish, and they can also embrace the wind and freedom with their actions at any time.
▼休闲区顶部的圆形吊灯装置 © hdp
a round chandelier installation at the top of the lounge area
▼细部，details © hdp
The emergence of social space not only enriches the functional attributes of the garage, but also brings more layers to the single space, so that the garage is no longer a monotonous scene, but full of humanized care. E CARPARK overturns the common impression of “dark and wet” of traditional garage, and brings a new landscape with unique display, socialization and humanization. When these mobile artworks are driven here, the roar, speed and passion have been dispersed, leaving only silence and elegance.
▼车辆展示，cars © hdp
项目名称 | E CARPARK
设计公司 | Oft Interiors Ltd
设计总监 | 邹卓明、张敬贵
项目面积 | 1000平方米
项目地点 | 香港铜锣湾
设计时间 | 2020
施工时间 | 2021
项目摄影 | hdp
Project Name | E CARPARK
Design Firm | Oft Interiors Ltd
Design Director | CM JAO, Ken Cheung
Design Team丨yoyo au
Project Area | 1000 sqm
Location | Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Design Date | 2020
Construction Period | 2021
Project Photography | hdp