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Designer: Sean Solowski
Restore is a pavilion that responds to our evolving transportation needs by embracing technology and honouring the natural environment. The idea is to reinterpret the traditional garage as a charging “hub” for an electric vehicle as well as a space for personal health and wellness. The goal is to better connect and elevate a daily experience and create space that recharges and restores – both motor and mind.
The main structure consists of the vehicle charging bay as well as an entry gallery with reflective water feature. A wood louver screen wraps the perimeter and tucks below a sculpted roof. An interior platform extends into the landscape and encircles a planter. Natural stone, wood louvers, and organic shapes connect and enhance the relationship to the environment. A large overhead skylight frames the sky and optimizes interior day lighting. The roof doubles as a large solar array which provides charging capacity for an electrical vehicle and supplemental power source for a main house.
Volvo XC40 Recharge Inspiration
The design is inspired by the combination of sharp angular and soft organic lines of the Volvo XC40 Recharge. The distinctive taillights and headlights with “swoop” geometries are echoed in the timber wood screen and roof profile. Similarly, the unique “capsule shape” instrument cluster display of the Volvo XC40 Recharge is mirrored in the overall shape of the structure and landscape forms. Restore incorporates advanced green energy technology while combining an approach to space that connects us to the environment and invites relaxation and renewal.