A team of Berlin architects have designed the ultimate living space for you and your machine the drive-in apartment. An elegant, but heavy duty lift, strong enough to hoist an armour plated vehicle lifts the car directly to the loft style apartment. The car is parked in a conservatory area with a large glass wall separating it from the living space. The whole process of approaching the house, entering the apartment and parking the car takes two minutes. It is being marketed as a time-saving device - think of the time and petrol expended in the search for a free parking space and attractive to vulnerable VIPs. The most dangerous moment for a celebrity is when he or she disembarks, or when the windows are lowered. This risk is eliminated, say the car-loft designers, by an electronic system that allows you to open the lift door and take it to your floor without reaching out and pressing a button. You stay in your car until you reach your living room.
The apartment block is being built in an area of Berlin and it is intended to export the idea to cities that have problems with car theft, also areas where housing is close to floodable rivers where underground parking is impossible.
If the project is successful it will be taken to Brussels, Mexico City and Abu Dhabi where there are plans to construct car-lofts with space for several vehicles. Six of the eleven car-loft apartments in Berlin have been sold including one to the chief designer of an international motor company. The smallest apartment costs £373,000 and the most expensive is £1.6 million.