Maserati Winner of the Ultimate Garage
Ultimate Garage Executive motorized retractable screens
 Executive motorized retractable screens provide solar protection for custom built ultimate garage
Executive motorized retractable screens provide solar protection and privacy in a custom built garage in Los Angeles, California.

Motorized Screens Protect Luxury Car from Sun and UV Rays Executive motorized screens retract for clear views in ultimate garage

Winner of Maserati and Architectural Digest magazine "Design Driven" Award

In 2009, Maserati shined a spotlight on the place where cars are parked through a nationwide call for entries in their Ultimate Garage competition. Holger Schubert, a renowned architect and car aficionado, took the challenge and designed his garage specifically for this competition. He was consequently awarded first place for existing garage category, although calling the 1,200-square-foot space that houses Holger Schubert's 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi Boxer a garage is like calling his Ferrari a sporty coupe. Schubert's "garage" is an exquisite space that resembles a museum exhibit of the ultimate man cave of the twenty-first century. As an admirer of art and cars, Schubert designed and built the area to be his retreat, with the Ferrari as the focal point.
Schubert required a solution that would provide shade from the sun and prevent the solar heat from entering the room. In addition, the entire screen had to remain completely hidden when not in use to preserve the architectural integrity of the building.
After having considered several screening and shading options, Schubert selected the motorized Executive retractable screens by Phantom. Phantom's screens were the only ones that met all requirements, as they provide solar protection while maintaining the look of the room. As the most efficient way to reduce solar heat gain in a building is to stop the heat before it enters the interior space, exterior shade systems are considered more effective than interior solar products. Phantom's motorized Executive screens were therefore mounted on the exterior of the windows to absorb and dissipate heat and glare before it reaches the glazing. The openness level of the mesh combined with the darker shade (which absorbs glare) helps to preserve the view to the outside and maintain a comfortable level of interior light. At night the screens are completely retracted in recessed housings, and the car is reflected on three 16-foot glass windows.

Project Specifications

Builder/Designer: Holger Schubert
Phantom Screens Products: Executive motorized retractable screens
Mesh Type: SheerWeave 2360
Mesh Color: Charcoal
Mesh Details: 90% sun control/UV blockage 10% openness
Authorized Phantom Screens distributor and installer: Screens of Southern California

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