The 2016 Architecture Commission by Melbourne-based M@ STUDIO Architects is inspired by an actual car wash in Blackburn and is a large open-sided pavilion with five lanes of bright pink astroturf.
Each lane contains different details – rubber waves, road markings, misting spray that disorientates the senses, rope ‘rollers’ and dangling plastic ribbons.
The architect’s vision is to use design to improve the amenity of the urban fringe. Sit on the stools inside the car wash and contemplate what makes good suburban design and just enjoy the neon colours while you eat your lunch and lounge back on some cushions. It will be illuminated at night.
BYO car for extra fun!