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Spielbox Garage in Seattle

post updated April 4, 2024

Design: chadbourne + doss architects

Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

Spielbox Garage Seattle

Photos by Benjamin Benschneider

Feb 19, 2021

Spielbox Garage

Located in a Seattle neighborhood with a mix of residential, commercial, and industrial uses, the structure was originally an auto parts store and repair shop with an apartment above. It is now a 4,500 square foot private garage and workshop with an upper floor bachelor pad.

Spielbox Garage Seattle

The project brief called for “a hideout, hangout, escape, and a place to find your inner kid.” The project is called Spielbox meaning ‘toy box’ in German. This place was built for playing, relaxing, and tinkering amongst collections of motorcycles, bones, pin ball machines, and more.

Spielbox Garage Seattle

Spielbox Garage Seattle

The 3,000 square foot Main Floor was converted to a large open area to store vintage motorcycles, collectable and racing dirt bikes, and a motorhome. A shop space at the back allows for all forms of dirty work including the repair and customization of motorcycles. Garage doors open the shop to an enclosed exterior work yard running the entire length of the building.

Spielbox Garage Seattle

A new 600 square foot addition provides storage for recreational gear for windsurfing, mountain biking, scuba, ski, camping, etc. Covered porches at the entries to the garage and the residence provide storage of wet gear.

Spielbox Garage Seattle

The 1,500 square foot Upper Floor was transformed into an open playroom for cooking, pool, pinball, music and movies. Ceilings were removed to expose original timber trusses. A wood swing hangs from one. At one end, a continuous mill finish stainless steel counter forms the Kitchen and workbench. A painted steel backsplash supports a funky magnet collection. Long open shelves above allow for the display of growing collections. At the opposite end, a large bedroom provides a quiet sanctuary.

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The home is casual, low maintenance, and durable. Interiors use primarily plywood, sheetrock, and stainless steel. The exterior is clad in corrugated corten steel that provides a naturally enduring rust finish. Translucent polycarbonate panels provide light and privacy at storage areas.

Spielbox Garage Seattle

The Spielbox has a rugged industrial exterior that hides its playful and eclectic interior.

Spielbox Garage Seattle

Spielbox Garage in Seattle, Washington State – Building Information

Architects: chadbourne + doss architects

Project size: 4500 ft2
Site size: 6975 ft2
Completion date: 2017
Building levels: 2

Spielbox Garage Seattle

Photography: Benjamin Benschneider

Spielbox Garage, Seattle images / information received 190221 from chadbourne + doss architects USA

Location: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

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