The Streamliner

The Passion

Classic motors from the platinum age of Motown and the British Rock Invasion, art deco architecture and Hollywood greats.

The inspiration for the design came from the owner's brief that it had to suit the 1955 HMV refrigerator. Once the designs were completed and signed off, the conversion commenced. The finishing touch was the restoration of the fridge itself, stripped back to bare metal and resprayed in off white pearl two pack paint. The owner, now very happy with his garage, has a place to enjoy his automotive passion, an area to display his growing collection of automobilia and a unique space that the entire family can share.

The Aldgate Coach House

The Passion

Art, antiquities and fast European sports cars. Picture the opening sequence of The Italian Job

An entirely new build, allowing Garage Mahal the freedom to achieve the balance in style and function as was demanded by our client. With design cues taken from the architectural language of the existing home. With a stone facade, automated cedar barn doors and steeply pitched roof, the Coach House is homage to the European styles prevalent in and about the 18th century. The interior too, is designed to feel like a traditional 18th century outbuilding but with a refit with subtle contemporary cabinetry and mezzanine floor. It is complete with a toilet and wash facility, a 2 post and a 4 post Molnar hoist, integrated compressed air system and ducted dust and fume extraction. Part of the spaces storage is the massive central storage tower 3.4m x 1.2m x 5.8m! Everything required in a private workshop for the restoration of vintage cars.

The Hard Rock Barn

The Passion

Tucked up in a quiet corner of the Adelaide Hills, Garage Mahal has designed a family entertainer and dad's toy room. A place to share memories of great rock music through the 70s and 80s with great friends and family.

The brief was to create a 4 car garage that had the look and feel of a 1930's semi rural barn. The interior to be structurally correct with large timber framing and mezzanine floor incorporating traditional joinery such as mortise and tenon joints fixed by hardwood pegs. Instructions for the interior fit out were to create a rustic feel reminiscent of an old winery, complete with stone chimney breast and brick floor. An Australian made Molnar 4 post hoist completes the fit out.

The Wall

The Passion

A commission in the heart of Adelaide's eastern suburbs. A new build with arguably the best garage space set under the main roof.

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The Old Garage

The Passion

The Old Garage, an area of approximately 240 square meters. The clients were a couple very much young at heart and captivated by the notion of Route 66.

The brief was to create 2 guest suites, a large entertaining area and a separate museum environment for a very significant collection of 60's memorabilia and classic cars. All this based around the concept of a converted "American Gas Station". Once completed, the plans were handed over to the clients to contract builders in their own town and take control of final fittings and fixtures.


Garage Auto da Corsa

The Passion

Italian styling, generous spaces and exotic European cars.

A passion for racing and winning.

Commissioned to design the interior fit-out for a garage of over 200m2 located in North Adelaide. The garage is newly built in the style of the majestic, century old mansion it will serve. The structure is two distinct garage spaces complete with central separate workshop, bathroom and foyer.

Major brief elements included:

  • The design of an environment in which to house a growing collection of classic European sports cars.
  • Create a versatile lounging area from which to view the cars.
  • Provide an area for a home gym
  • Create a partitioned wash bay
  • A fully fitted workshop
  • Bathroom
  • Extensive storage
  • Molnar two post hoist
  • Select and advise on artwork

The owner desired an interior reminiscent of a high end Italian dealership showroom with no compromise on quality of fittings or furnishings.

Garage Mahal responded with designs for intricate patterned tiled floors, leather upholstered wall panels, furniture design and a mix of domestic and industrial lighting. 

In a sense, think of a Porsche dealership exterior turned inside out and blended with a 21st century gentlemen's club.


E-Type Jazz

The Passion

Sir William Lyons’ magnificent E-Type Jaguar.

An existing garage space servicing the needs of an enthusiastic collector of perfect E-Type Jaguars.  The brief was very open with few restraints. After long discussions with the owner, a plan was formulated; create an environment to house and enjoy the passionate collection of arguably the most iconic car ever produced.

E-Type Jazz included bespoke floor design including a stylized jaguar logo. Custom cabinetry designed around existing rollaway tool drawers.



The Passion

A commission to design a weather proof and habitable living space replacing an existing 10 x 7m veranda over carport. The two storey structure has been designed to have the appearance and functionality of a traditional glassed conservatory in the 1920's vernacular. Bi fold doors and louvered glassed panels provide the space with unobstructed ventilation on three and a half sides also giving access to the existing second floor veranda.

Beneath the conservatory is the heart of the structure, a three bay garage and offset secure bicycle lock up. All at ground level complete with ample storage and access to the home's cellar / workshop. All hidden behind a trio of automated bespoke cedar barn doors.

As with most GM projects; to make selections and recommendations on:

  • Surface finishes
  • Non structural elements such as work benches, cabinetry, etc
  • Lighting and switching
  • Compressed air feeds
  • Colour selections
  • Air circulation options including passive heating and ceiling fans
  • Storage
  • Plumbing provision for extra WC
  • Garage doors
  • Currently at pricing.


The Garden Studio


The Passion

The brief was simple, design and construct a garden studio complete with high quality interior cabinetry, flow through ventilation and plenty of natural light. It had to be well insulation and proofed against the ingress of dust, damp and vermin.

The result was the creation of harmony and balance outside whilst reflecting the architecture of the newly constructed home. The cabinetry was made from reclaimed hardwood fence palings and new marine grade ply. Garage Mahal was also commissioned to design and create the entire landscaping component thus ensuring environmental continuity between the natural and the built elements.


High Octane #1


The Passion

Create the most magnificent underground space for the a motoring enthusiast of grand proportions.

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Henley Boat House


The Passion

Ducati motorcycles

Australian Muscle cars

Australian heritage coastal architecture.

Build a garage for a Ducati collector, close to the coast. Make it salt spray resistant, a fantastic mezzanine floor entertainment zone and blend the architecture to match the historic nature of the 19th century beach side suburb.


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Lakeview BG


The Passion

A commission in the heart of Adelaide's eastern suburbs. A new build with arguably the best garage space set under the main roof.

A Garage like no other, at nearly 700 square metres, stretching over three levels and complete with secret rooms and hidden entrances (not shown); Lakeview's Big Garage will provide a fantasy space most collectors can only ever dream of having. A garage so sumptuous, so indulgent it will captivate the hearts of every visitor.

To be fitted with beautifully crafted cabinetry and hand crafted furniture, the space will provide for entertaining, guest accommodation, and storage for 15 plus cars and myriad motorcycles.

An in ground, car parking tower will allow parking for 6 cars in the space of two and all levels independant of each other.

Interior styling will remain the owners secret for now but suffice to say that it will take visitors back in time to a past any Baby Boomer will remember with great fondness.


Lakeview SG

The Passion

Rare US Muscle cars.

Exotic Euro and British Classics.

Vintage and Veteran cars and bikes.

Architecture with a distinctly Australian colonial influence.

Lakeview's small garage is the second commission by the owner of Lakeview. It differs from Lakeview BG not just by size but primarily by function. Where BG is a stunning display and entertainment environment, SG is a very practical space for restoration and maintenance work on the owners growing fleet of rare classics.

Designed with the largest car in the fleet in mind a 1960 Cadillac giving plenty of space to maintenance and restoration work. To be fitted out with a Molnar hoist 4 tonne hoist, ducted air and modular cabinetry designed to be up gradable and re configurable as needs dictate. Complete with state of the art sound, video, lighting and climate control, this space will will be the perfect environment for indulging the passion.


Stay tuned for photographs as the build progresses.