BARN PARK

When it came to pro­vid­ing space to house a col­lec­tion of vintage Ger­man au­to­mo­biles, a high- end wooden barn got the green light.

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GOLLUM HAD ‘HIS PRE­CIOUS’ in the form of a ring and there is no ques­tion that a stable of clas­sic Volk­swa­gens and Porsches would fall into the same cat­e­gory.

Any­thing au­then­ti­cally con­nected to the her­itage and val­ues of these world-lead­ing brands, in­clud­ing a care­fully cre­ated park­ing area, would have to have pre­ci­sion and at­ten­tion to de­tail high on the list.

Fer­di­nand Porsche has made his mark on the pres­tige au­to­mo­bile world, not just those bear­ing his name but other world-beat­ing brands too. In the early 1920s he over­saw the de­vel­op­ment of the Mercedes com­pres­sor. In 1931 he founded his own busi­ness, the Porsche Car Com­pany, and set about de­sign­ing a se­ries of ve­hi­cles bear­ing his name and the pop­u­lar VW mar­que.

Many around the world share the pas­sion in­clud­ing this New Zealand-based col­lec­tor who de­vel­oped a love af­fair for the Teu­tonic-in­spired tech­nol­ogy. His col­lec­tion in­cludes clas­sic Porsches, VW Bee­tles, and the OE ve­hi­cle of choice, the VW Kombi.

As well as be­ing an avid pro­curer of these time­less brands, his abil­ity to faith­fully re­store a whole range of Ger­man au­to­mo­biles is part of the ‘mix’, win­ning awards built on au­then­tic­ity and a clear un­der­stand­ing of the cul­ture and tra­di­tions be­hind each model.

His life­long dream, to cre­ate a build­ing that would both pro­tect his in­vest­ment and cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment for en­joy­ing his col­lec­tion and the finer things in life, has now been ful­filled.

A Cus­tomkit barn with high ceil­ings, sound-proof­ing and tem­per­a­ture con­trol ca­pa­bil­i­ties was the start­ing point. The bur­nished con­crete floors sparkle un­der the re­flec­tion of the in­dus­trial-style light­ing. Over­all the in­te­rior look is rem­i­nis­cent of the Ger­man Bauhaus de­sign style, one where art and cre­ativ­ity have a di­rect re­la­tion­ship with tech­nol­ogy and peo­ples’ liv­ing re­quire­ments.

The black painted cedar beams and ply walls and ceil­ings make for a dra­matic back­drop that is both rugged and re­fined. Clean lines and open spa­ces dom­i­nate the ar­eas ded­i­cated to the park­ing and work ar­eas for the au­to­mo­biles. Near one of the en­trances is a lux­ury area pan­der­ing to hu­man needs, in­clud­ing a be­spoke bar area, fire place and lounge area. Turk­ish rugs in­tro­duce an­other level of com­fort and visual warmth.

Blend­ing the old with the new, two of the VWS have been painted with what could well be con­tem­po­rary Karen Walker colour pal­ettes to in­tro­duce a bit of fun and fash­ion.

Sexy, so­phis­ti­cated and stylish cer­tainly ap­plies to the world of Porsche and this al­lur­ing Barn Park plea­sure dome.

Clockwise from top left: Per­fec­tion in­side and out; a space for every­thing; a clas­sic line- up of VWS and Porches; even peo­ple have a re­fu­elling sta­tion; the ul­ti­mate pit stop in­spired by Ger­man style.

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