Auto enthusiasts always find an exclusive way to show off their passion for autos; either they do it by turning them into art or by bringing autos inside the home. Talking of this trend, Brazil’s richest man Eike Batista decorated his living room by parking his Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren in there, whereas a Porsche lover furnished his home with a custom TV stand made from genuine Porsche models. And, the latest in the auto art is done by a Dutch design studio Denieuwegeneratie, as they re-conditioned a retro Jaguar into a bookshelf, carrying books for passengers instead of people.
Created for the Dutch Mountain house project, the Denieuwegeneratie designers gutted off Jaguar’s heavier parts like engine, the rectangular section on the roof in order to create space to accommodate books, and the trunk which has been converted to form a cabinet space. This re-worked vintage Jaguar bookshelf resting against the kitchen wall with length-side up is an auto- art work made for the books buffs and the car connoisseurs alike.
Now, speaking of the Dutch Mountain house which showcases this Jag bookshelf; it’s a semi-subterranean house beneath a mound of earth, blending into the landscapes of Beverly Hills Nature Reserve. The Dutch designers have embedded the house with an artificial hill in order to minimize disturbance of the landscape, thus, fulfilling the clients demand to keep his ecological footprint with the house to a minimum. Further, the entrance to this thermally insulated house is through cuts in the mountain.