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Idea for underground parking in an urban environment

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For those of you who always dreamed at your very own top-secret underground parking, like those you saw in movies here is an innovative design that aims to tackle the growing loss of front gardens to car park space in urban areas. A West London resident decided to combine the garden an the parking space together, and he has developed a unique design to deal with the loss of front garden areas to car parking space in urban environments. The final result is very practical and it shows how a beautiful garden and parking space can be combined to help maintain the aesthetic appearance of a street. Found via – 1, 2

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  • OH MY GOD February 2, 2009 at 18:53 PM Login to Reply →

    I WANT THAT SO MUCH WHEN I GET MY OWN PLACE :D And yes, I can type without caps.

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  • rida February 2, 2009 at 19:21 PM Login to Reply →

    one day you lay down your car and… cannot open it, haha ;)

  • kamilyilmaz February 2, 2009 at 19:29 PM Login to Reply →

    it’s a known idea… practical, but expensive !!!

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  • Bob February 3, 2009 at 04:50 AM Login to Reply →

    Never going to readily be used, one day someone is going to get trapped underground or killed by being closed on.

  • Paul February 3, 2009 at 10:45 AM Login to Reply →

    It’s not a real house, it is from a garden show, it is a concept, a good one though but not sure how practical

  • Alex February 3, 2009 at 11:15 AM Login to Reply →

    TO THE BAT CAVE!!

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  • Saggi February 3, 2009 at 11:43 AM Login to Reply →

    Too bad it got stuck during the presentation… I would have liked to see how the garden looked when it was fully submerged.

  • Arnd February 3, 2009 at 12:58 PM Login to Reply →

    “Your f****ng Zen garden ate my Porsche!!! “

  • Minion February 3, 2009 at 16:07 PM Login to Reply →

    It is a real idea. There is one in my neighbourhood. The only people who could possibly afford this are the people who own the type of car you can only feel safe hiding underground :P

  • Martin Lewis February 3, 2009 at 18:33 PM Login to Reply →

    Great idea. Could double up as a cheimcal attack bunker!!!

  • Jerzee February 3, 2009 at 22:12 PM Login to Reply →

    Bag the garage, I want the car!!!

  • Dude February 3, 2009 at 23:02 PM Login to Reply →

    Doesn’t sound that expensive. Just a big hydraulic lift.

  • da truth February 3, 2009 at 23:24 PM Login to Reply →

    photoshoped !!!1

  • Chrischris February 3, 2009 at 23:48 PM Login to Reply →

    What if you parked your car wrong by like a couple of feet?

    see also: http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=r-ptHZaedvA

  • tommy February 4, 2009 at 00:15 AM Login to Reply →

    I always thought you could do something similar with a bed. Except when you get up in the morning you you would just raise it up into the ceiling.

  • Caul February 4, 2009 at 00:24 AM Login to Reply →

    I guess a practical use could be if you had a lot of cars in an underground parking garage, thus allowing you to drive in with one, but drive out with another. Once again, only good for the rich.

  • Dave K February 4, 2009 at 01:52 AM Login to Reply →

    In the summer of 2001, I was in Paris, where i saw near a side
    street, what looked like a one car garage, made out of glass.
    a car drove in, the driver got out, leaving the car alone inside.

    then the driver went to an atm-like machine and did some stuff.

    the floor that the car was parked on turned out to be a platform,
    which lowered, then got whisked away.

    It’s been many years since then, so now these garages have popped
    up in places like Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY. the link (my name) is
    to a company that makes automated garages. I could imagine parking
    a car in a driveway like in the photo above on this page, but then
    the car would get stored in a large central garage, maybe for the
    entire neighborhood, or on a smaller scale, maybe a robotic parking
    system for the home would store a few vehicles, under the driveway.

  • Chumly February 4, 2009 at 02:38 AM Login to Reply →

    My luck I’d park it wrong and the car
    would flip over as it decended.

  • Just Build Stuff February 4, 2009 at 03:06 AM Login to Reply →

    I think I will need one of these when I become a super hero!

  • Nate February 4, 2009 at 03:27 AM Login to Reply →

    I’m convinced that this guy is James Bond.

  • vince February 4, 2009 at 04:19 AM Login to Reply →

    They have these in Japan – even on a large scale. You drive
    into this elevator like thing which is actually a ferris wheel of
    cars. You then punch a number to get your car back.

    For homes and apartments, they are usually two or three tier. The
    elevator works exactly in the way you show it and again, you put
    in a key or punch a number to get your car.

  • soda February 4, 2009 at 04:35 AM Login to Reply →

    would suck when it snows

  • Prince J February 4, 2009 at 05:10 AM Login to Reply →

    This is awesome – There is so much avoidance to the dangers
    you guys talk about. Say it has sensors just like garage doors
    that know if someone is between it closing, or if someone were to
    get locked down there a button could easily bring them up or
    possibly a door that leads to the house. It has the same chance
    of opening just as anyones garage door.

    I like it.

  • Nick T. February 4, 2009 at 06:26 AM Login to Reply →

    looks good on paper, but what if the lift fails? you’d be without a car

  • the common sense guy February 4, 2009 at 07:02 AM Login to Reply →

    okay folks couple of problems here , first what if your car doesn’t
    fit all the way wont the pretuding edges of a poorly parked car
    get crushed when it closes , and i agree with the power failures
    or hydrualic failures people could be trapped unless there is a
    service hatch or short tunnel leading into the side other wise a
    great idea hope to see it being used for proper applications

  • jasmine February 4, 2009 at 08:34 AM Login to Reply →

    how much does it cost to build like that any idea ?

  • drtopgear February 4, 2009 at 09:16 AM Login to Reply →

    i double that, scrape the garage just give me the car. cool idea
    though

  • bassolotto February 4, 2009 at 11:17 AM Login to Reply →

    what if it rains a TON? Someone’s super-car better have sonar.

  • shader February 4, 2009 at 11:31 AM Login to Reply →

    the cost? probably in between $150k to $250k depending on where
    you are, and how much the people around will charge, as to the
    tapped and killed, i think it goes without saying there is a way
    out at the bottom, i mean come on think for a second. Also if you
    notice the car has room, im sure if you parked in facing the house y
    you could get it in there nicely. over all great idea, i want one,
    i need $1.5mill to buy a house, the car and then the contraption.

  • Carmel February 4, 2009 at 14:24 PM Login to Reply →

    Would it be cheaper if it was a ramp rather than lift and then then
    the garden could roll over once the car was in? I mean i know it
    would be expensive but its a idea for new builds!
    I like the idea of it :)

  • Kauss February 4, 2009 at 15:13 PM Login to Reply →

    Great !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymouse February 4, 2009 at 15:36 PM Login to Reply →

    Not a new idea in any way, similar ideas have been around for 10+years..

    It is a good idea, unless there is any chance of even a small flood in your area. In which case your car would be ruined straight away.

  • Wolf February 4, 2009 at 16:07 PM Login to Reply →

    How much? But then again if you can afford a place and 911 turbo
    like that then it’s all good

  • Wetjet February 4, 2009 at 17:30 PM Login to Reply →

    Cool! Hopefully, your power won’t ever go out when you need your car…

  • Skepticsteve February 4, 2009 at 18:57 PM Login to Reply →

    What if someone is lounging or walking on top when someone decides to raise it ? And what’s to keep someone from parking on top when it’s down? Nothing that can’t be overcome with good planning I suppose.

  • homerific February 4, 2009 at 21:54 PM Login to Reply →

    Um, they have tons of car elevators in Asia. I routinely park my car
    in a basement that you go down into via elevator. This is simply a
    different take on an existing concept.

    There are also parking towers that are really huge ferris-wheel-like
    racks of cars within buildings and elevated parking in which a
    few spaces are rotated so cars can be “stacked” above one another.

    This is not “impossible”. In fact it already exists.
    As for flood danger? People park in basement levels all the time in
    cities. Generally cars are not destroyed.

  • sianz February 5, 2009 at 00:21 AM Login to Reply →

    so no one actually thought that a heavy downpour of rain and you might end up with a flooded car?

  • Paul February 5, 2009 at 01:57 AM Login to Reply →

    Pretty cool, albeit very impractical.

  • spriggig February 5, 2009 at 05:33 AM Login to Reply →

    Flooding isn’t so much of a problem, it could be made reasonably
    water-tight and a drain in the bottom would handle any water that
    leaked in. In the case of an actual flood, the 6 extra feet deep
    wouldn’t make much difference.

    It needs to be considerably bigger, we expect our parking solutions
    to work for many years, who’s to say the next car won’t be a
    F-350 crew-cab dually 4×4?

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  • Cash MY Gold February 5, 2009 at 18:12 PM Login to Reply →

    That is incredible. It’s funny that it’s sitting outside of a modular (less expensive) home

  • David February 5, 2009 at 19:48 PM Login to Reply →

    hmmmm I live in CA… I can see potential earthquake problems…
    at least trying to explain it to the insurance companies

  • Matt February 5, 2009 at 22:07 PM Login to Reply →

    I’ve seen this done with a guy who has a lambo collection. He had about
    ten cars and needed spots for them, so he had lifts like this.

    In NYC in some of the parking garages, they have this except it is
    all above ground (well in the basement actually), and you drive one
    car up and then there is two spots instead of one. they have some
    that go a lot higher too.

  • larfus February 6, 2009 at 00:24 AM Login to Reply →

    This is the real deal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKci0TRMyTw

  • mark February 6, 2009 at 06:01 AM Login to Reply →

    5!…4!…3!…2!…1!…Thunderbirds are GO!

  • Mike February 7, 2009 at 02:45 AM Login to Reply →

    Great system… until it breaks and your car is stuck underground.

  • fugu February 7, 2009 at 14:14 PM Login to Reply →

    it’s very expensive to build, consumes a lot of electricity,
    and in fact, doesn’t save any space, it might also be
    a big problem:
    1) when there’s a power faillure
    2) if you didn’t pay your bill
    3) there’s heavy rain, and the extraction of water is not enough,
    (and the car is not a submarine, as James Bond’s)

    what are you building next a GIANT LASER in the roof of the house?

  • Maciek February 7, 2009 at 22:36 PM Login to Reply →

    James’es Bond Home ;)

  • Me February 8, 2009 at 20:22 PM Login to Reply →

    Stop picking holes in it – I think it’s a very clever design. If any of thosse things happen, it will not be your problem and therefore you do not need to feel obliged to point them out.

  • lou February 9, 2009 at 00:32 AM Login to Reply →

    Forget about the James Bond gimmick, check out that hairy wall… nice.

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  • acidhedz February 9, 2009 at 11:28 AM Login to Reply →

    Very cool, and economical too.
    To answer all the nay sayers.
    Make sure you have a watertight seal.
    And have a scooter or something just in case.
    Nothings perfect, geeze.

  • tom February 9, 2009 at 23:56 PM Login to Reply →

    yeah, and let’s oppress some poor people and make them build it for us!

  • Joe February 12, 2009 at 13:32 PM Login to Reply →

    i think if i can afford to build such a parking and get such a car, i might as well be able to pay my bills and have this thing water-proof….anyways its a cool idea and might be a real solution one ay

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  • ocb March 16, 2009 at 10:19 AM Login to Reply →

    If any of my neigbors buy one of these things im gonna order 2Tons of
    gravel delivered to top of his driveway.

  • Mr salad!! May 7, 2009 at 13:35 PM Login to Reply →

    really love the concept of the underground car park…but one must also consider the negative aspects too…so any one who cares to share can drop a mail on napoleon2904@yahoo.com…cos i would really love to have it installed

  • Marianna July 26, 2009 at 06:44 AM Login to Reply →

    GREAT against thieves I’d say. Better that any car alarm.
    I believe that if properly built and with an alternative (locked) system of lifting the car besides power, it can be top notch.

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  • jimbobillybob August 25, 2010 at 17:51 PM Login to Reply →

    Giving someone a job to provide for their family is anything but “suppressing poor people.” People with money create jobs. Sheesh.