Every collaborative project requires creative commitment, vision and a certain amount of trust! At Premier we incorporate 3D visual renders as part of the design process, to support decision making between clients, architects and interior designers. Visualisations help communicate the artistic vision and enable everyone to understand the physical and spatial challenges of the project.
While a 3D render is not meant to be considered the end product, it can provide a starting point for key decisions around materials, finishes, features and costs. Not every project requires a 3D render. However, in the concept design phase of a recent car lift installation, a visualisation helped to demonstrate the lift in use. You can take a look at the video our design team created. But first, let us first describe the challenges and features of the project. You can then see how the visualisation helped to support the design and decision making processes.
Visualisation of UK Car Lift Project – Background
Premier Lift Group was chosen to design and install a unique car lift in a London city centre residence. This car lift would enable access to secure underground parking for a small, private fleet of vehicles, including a specially adapted Mercedes Maybach, weighing a remarkable four tonnes.
The client opted for a car lift rather than a ramp because they wanted to utilise the space around the building as efficiently as possible. It was also decided that a car lift, which would retract into the ground when not in use, would better match the aesthetic of the building.
Luxury Car Lift Project – Bespoke Features
There were a number of unique considerations for this project. These included what type of lifting system would work best, how to create a seamless parking experience, and how the cabin itself would work. The above average size
and weight of the primary vehicle also had to be considered. The result was a fully bespoke design where functionality and user experience were paramount.
Key Feature: Car Lift Tailored to Vehicle Size
Our brief included the movement of a specialist Mercedes Maybach, with bomb proof layers, much heavier and longer than a standard saloon car. Our design had to account for this. The lifting system needed to be able to easily support the four tonne vehicle, plus its occupants. It also needed to provide ample room for the driver to comfortably enter and exit the cabin. The lifting systems chosen was a scissor lift.
Key Feature: Cabin Control Panel
The interior of the cabin was created in tandem with our Italian design partners, Gruppo Millepiani. The cabin features clean finishes and control panels on either side. The requirement for panels on both sides was to allow the driver to operate the lift when entering and exiting the car park.
The initial render was a useful way to pre-empt issues and future requirements. The client noticed that vehicles with both left-hand-drive and right-hand-drive would need to access the lift, and so interior control panels were needed on both sides.
Key Feature: Hidden Entry to Car Lift
One of the most important features for this project was that the car lift could be hidden when not in use. In doing so, it would not interrupt the luxury aesthetic of the building. When not in use, the top of the lift remained flush to ground level.
As the vehicle approaches, the driver calls the lift using a handheld remote control. The lift then emerges from below and the vehicle enters the cabin. Here, two important safety features were highlighted. Firstly, the need for a built-in sensor which would stop the lift from operating when someone or something was on the lift above.
The second feature was a detachable tray which prevented gaps in which a person or vehicle could fall into. This again was a vital safety concern. If the tray did not detach from the lifting system, it would create a dangerous falling hazard whenever the cabin travelled to the floor below.
Key Feature: Vehicle Turntable
The underground car park was broken down into two main parking areas. One located straight ahead of the lift and a second at a 90 degree angle to the lift’s entry point. As space was limited, the difficulty in turning a vehicle presented a challenge. Unless solved, the client faced the possibility of having to reduce the max capacity from four vehicles to two, or even one.
The installation of a vehicle turntable was an ideal solution. This could be used to help drivers turn at 90 or 180 angles, for easy parking. Once the vehicle was safely on, the driver could operate the turntable using an electronic control.
Check out the Car Lift Visualisation in Full
This car lift project is underway and we look forward to presenting the final case study. If you enjoy this, you might also like some of our other visualisations which we recently uploaded to our YouTube channel.