This Shady Oasis Is a Garden, Garage, and Office All Rolled Into One

This Shady Oasis Is a Garden, Garage, and Office All Rolled Into One

By Marni Elyse Katz
In a leafy Boston suburb, a place to park cars and repair vintage scooters grows into a bucolic sanctuary.

To call architect Colin Flavin’s three-story steel-frame structure with mahogany slat screens a "garage" would be misleading. While there’s room for parking and a Vespa workshop behind the double-wide red door on the ground floor, the spaces above feel and function more like a country retreat. "The clients wanted something innovative to complement their traditional Dutch Colonial," says Flavin, principal of Flavin Architects. "A bit like a garden folly."

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