I suppose it’s a little weird to have a ‘dream garage’, seeing as I don’t own a car. But being such a rebel I will not only hold onto that dream, I’ll just go ahead and share it here. Haters gonna hate.
I’m sure most of you Trekkies will recognize the design of this garage: it’s based on the hangar that the Enterprise was parked in at the beginning of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. I’m pretty sure the film opened with Kirk and Scotty flying around this hangar for 36 minutes before finally boarding their ship, but it’s been awhile since I saw it.
In addition to the steel structure and array of LED lights the garage is lined with glass, making it a greenhouse-like structure to protect your vehicle against the elements.
There is also a door in the front that opens like your typical garage door:
You’ll have to excuse my use of the Tumbler Batmobile for this post, it was either that or the Ecto-1 (I need more 3D model cars at my disposal). I believe this garage would be ideal for a luxury car, preferably one that is white or silver to echo the Enterprise. Whatever vehicle you park inside, this garage was made to show off your ride — it’s essentially a big display case.
The Tumbler is a pretty big vehicle, so it’s difficult to get a sense of scale here, but essentially the current design is a wide-bay single car garage. This design can be scaled up to accommodate more cars.
This structure could also be used as the entrance for an underground car elevator, a car wash bay, or another fancy sign for a dealership.
So that’s my dream garage (and greenhouse I suppose!). I should do a series of dream houses/rooms sometime down the road. That said I did make a dream hockey pad on the other blog which can you check out here.
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This is an idea that crossed my mind a long time ago when I was lugging around a faceplate for my car stereo: I often wanted a stereo in my home that I can attach my faceplate to for everyday use. The main reason was that I really liked a lot of functionality my car deck had*. Also I felt the faceplate could be put to better use when not in the car.
Besides making the faceplate more versatile, I felt such a device had a strong ‘cool’ factor. Car stereo decks are very ‘showy’ in appearance, with their colorful displays (that often employed a music visualizer), and illuminated knobs/buttons. So the thought of enlisting the faceplate for a stereo on my desk or bookshelf was very appealing.
The design above is pretty modest (the faceplate is from a Spy Hunter design from way back), and takes a few familiar cues from cars, like a push-button ignition acting as a power button. Note: this design forgoes a CD player.
There is a lot of potential for devices in the home that can be home to a car faceplate. How about an attachment to the front of a PC tower (like a DVD drive)? Or an alarm clock? Obviously this is nothing new for those who use iOS device docks, or for SiriusXM customers who regularly move their satellite radio module from the car to a stereo in the house and back. As far as car stereo faceplates go, this is uncharted territory**.
Note: Currently this couldn’t be done in a universal fashion, because of all the different makes and models out there. One possibility are these docks being packaged with their respective faceplates in a bundle.
*I’m probably the only person on the planet who is annoyed by this, but why can’t home stereos have some of the neat functionality car stereos do? I’m talking about being able to auto-seek for radio stations with the push of a button, or adjusting audio distribution between all the speakers — stuff like that. Car stereos seem to do a lot more in a smaller, more intuitive package.
**Not counting the in-store displays for car stereos!