Transforming a former NASCAR track into a new 1.3 mile driving circuit, the Canaan Motor Club creates a new destination for car collectors and driving aficionados. The new facility accommodates storage and maintenance of cars, as well as the club house on the second floor. Comprised of two overlapping volumes, the lower bar is composed of 12 garage bays, while the clubhouse occupies the upper volume. Articulated as opposites, the lower garage bar is opaque and reflective, allowing the surrounding landscape to be registered. In contrast, the clubhouse offers 360 degrees of glass, providing views to every corner of the track, and a privileged vantage point, cantilevered out over the track.
Registering as the displacement of one of the garage bays below, the void formed by the lifted clubhouse creates a place for display and entrance, and frames the threshold between the surrounding landscape and the track. The set-back of the “garage bar” from the track edge creates a communal buffer zone where the drivers can first tune and display their cars before racing. The Bi-fold garage doors of the 12 garage bays provide shade for this area when open.