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A house designed for the enjoyment of a very special collection. Source: Matt Fajkus Architecture.

'Honey, there's a Ferrari in the living room'

During years, one of the largest and most modern buildings in Europe was located on the outskirts of Turin: The Lingotto complex, the legendary FIAT factory. The materials that entered it were assembled plant by plant, in ascending order, until they ended up being tested as a car in the banked track of its roof. Globally, the Italian giant's counterpart was the Ford River Rouge Complex: a 3 square kilometer factory in which 84 years of work were invested.

Shortly before, burgeoning Detroit had seen the rise of the Packard Automotive Plant: a huge building today in ruins, symbol of how things have changed in the globalized world. As you can see, it is clear that there is a connection between architecture and automobile. So much so that some have taken it to their own home, designing their home around the form and manner of admiring the historical heritage.


When Matt Fajkus' architecture studio He was commissioned for a new house in Austin, he did not receive just any commission. Who did it was a collector of classic cars with copies as precious as a Dino or Porsche 356. Cars with such a design make up what some would call an “art collection”, so the client's idea was clear: make a house with cars as the center point.

Far from storing them out of sight in a garage, here the cars are the center of attention in the house. Designed through wide spaces, bright windows and a layout designed for the handling of cars on the ground floor, this house is a true car museum where cars are its main furniture.

As you can see, it even includes space for a small workshop. Not to mention that the perspectives are designed so that a view is always generated in which you can see - and can show off - the classics of this magnificent collection. However, and as we are going to see now, some carry this concept at even higher levels ...

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In this other house, the owner has decided to decorate his living room with a very special "piece of furniture". Source: Petrolicious.


When you are an architect, you need objects with shapes that inspire you. For the next architect there is no doubt about what that object is: the Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer. For him, it is about something where design and technology go hand in hand: the perfect inspiration for a man who has to do exactly the same in his work.

In this case, the berlinetta it occupies such a prominent position within the home that it is found no more and no less than in the living room. Yes, you read that correctly: in a bright and minimalist living room where this design by Leonardo Fioravanti - responsible among others for the F40 or the 288 GTO - for Pininfarina occupies the central position. Of course, with everything well thought out: thanks to an ingenious tilting platform that takes it out the car does not have to be started in the living room, so cleanliness is assured.

In this Petrolicious video you can see the result. A result that, although a priori It may seem something excessive, it seems to us the most beautiful. With that Ferrari in front of the sofa ... surely we would watch television less.

What do you think?

Miguel Sánchez

Written by Miguel Sánchez

Through the news from La Escudería, we will travel the winding roads of Maranello listening to the roar of the Italian V12; We will travel Route66 in search of the power of the great American engines; we will get lost in the narrow English lanes tracking the elegance of their sports cars; We will speed up the braking in the curves of the Monte Carlo Rally and we will even get dusty in a garage while rescuing lost jewels.


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