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Batman’s garage is in Melbourne Australia not Gotham.

By: Jeff Domingues

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When you have so much money you can buy a house that Bruce Wayne would be envious of but when Bruce gets insanely jealous of your garage, you have been doing something right. Molecule is an architecture firm located in Melbourne, Australia and they were hired to renovate a “1929 heritage house” for their client. The mission was to renovate, modernize, and alter the house without compromising the historical design and integrity.   Something easier said then done when you consider the client wanted a personal movie theater, all modern bells and whistles, also some place to park an extensive collection of cars that anyone would be happy to trade their mother in-law for. Sorry mom, but come on!

 

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This conceptual site sketch shows the orientation of the garage between the existing home, the tennis court and pool.
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This 1929 estate was built before garages were a main staple in every house, since the automobile became an integral part of just about everyone’s life. Adding an addition or a separate building to house the growing car collection wasn’t an option. Seeing how it would alter the exterior and not to mention the fact the house was shoehorned into a narrow property (by mansion standards), there was not enough room to build. Molecule Studios came up with a clever idea borrowed from what we see in many commercial buildings in our downtown business areas and the Batman movies. They placed the 12 car garage underground with a secrete entrance located under the adjacent tennis court.

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The 12 seat theater was then placed at the end of the pivoting point of the hydraulically lifted garage door/ceiling/tennis court and above the garage. Even the connection from the garage to the home was kept hidden away from the exterior view. They designed a stair case that enters the home through the floor of the living room on the 1st floor.

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While this underground garage idea is nothing new, the cool factor is so high seeing how someone actually has a Bat Cave Garage identical to what is in the movie. Pretty cool!! The rest of the house borders between a mix of modern and traditional. A bit too high end looking for me but credit is due where credit is due.

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Source: www.moleculeweb.com  , www.hiconsumption.com , www.dailymail.co.uk

 

 

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This is what you would have to look like to survive a major car crash. WOW

By: Jeff Domingues

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This handsome man is Graham, a human like sculpture created by Melbourne artist Patricia Piccinini, commissioned by the Transport Accident Commission of Victoria, Australia. With the help of trauma surgeons and researchers, Patricia was capable of sculpting this weird supper human. Not exactly the supper human we are used to seeing in Marvel or DC comics, he is what humans would evolve into if we can evolve because of our modern means of transportation. Graham has a flat face, large thick skull and no neck to protect his brain and spin. His skin is thick to protect from fatal wounds, special rib cage that acts like a cushion for his soft internal bits and pieces. Knees that can bend in any directs and long hoof like feet to help him move quicker. The idea is to make people think about how vulnerable we all are. “We would need to look like THAT” I’m sure can be heard in the gallery Graham is displayed in and whoever is reading this. The official Graham website is worth going to, there is a 360° interactive view of him that will give you an in depth view of what makes Graham, Graham. CRAZY

Sources: www.meetgraham.com.au ,  www.cnn.com