UK studio Most Structure has transformed an industrial shed in west London into an all-black-and-white showroom and manufacturing facility for electrical automobile start-up Cost Vehicles.
Created to fabricate Cost Vehicles’ first car the ’67 – an all-electric model of the Nineteen Sixties Ford Mustang Fastback constructed utilizing elements from electrical car model Arrival – the power additionally acts as an workplace and showroom.
“Cost designs and makes its distinctive automobiles in a single facility,” stated Most Structure founder Olga McMurdo. “Like an open-kitchen restaurant, the whole lot is on show to the workers and clients.”
“So we created an setting that enables speedy entry to each side of the method from design by to manufacturing,” she instructed Dezeen. “The manufacturing unit, and all of its contents, are directly an agile design and manufacturing centre, a buyer showroom, and a design assertion.”
The ability in Stockley Shut, west London, was designed across the thought of selling a connection between Cost Vehicles’ shoppers and the engineers constructing and customising the automobiles.
At its centre is a big open workshop the place the automobiles are constructed and customised, which is missed by numerous places of work and assembly areas.
“Our consumer got here to us with an ambition to re-define a traditional design icon utilizing cutting-edge electrical car expertise and to create a buyer expertise that engenders a visceral response to the product, and the method of making it,” stated McMurdo.
“Their house needed to accommodate each the manufacturing and the design course of, facilitating teamwork and recreation, testing, a showroom, and areas for buyer engagement,” she continued.
“All that needed to occur inside one architectural quantity, and so the first problem was to facilitate all of those actions concurrently and symbiotically, while projecting a transparent and coherent design assertion reflecting the consumer’s philosophy.”
Not like the vast majority of automobile factories, the Cost Vehicles facility was designed in order that its clients can go to at any time to watch how the car is designed and assembled.
“Cost wished the shopper journey to be mapped out by the design of the constructing,” stated McMurdo.
“The client’s entry to, and expertise of, the manufacturing unit is an integral a part of the product,” she continued.
“They’ve a private relationship with the engineers which are making their automobile, and are capable of see the automobile as it’s being constructed.”
Most Structure designed the areas with a stripped-back aesthetic united by a largely white and black color palette, together with a black mild fixture above the constructing’s entrance.
“The white and the black amplify one another in contrast, representing the fusion of a laboratory and a storage, and the fixed dynamic between analysis and manufacturing,” defined McMurdo.
“Utilizing this pallet we additionally wished to make an impactful design assertion on entry to the constructing. The end result was a big anamorphic mild fixture, which coalesces right into a Feynman diagram from a single vantage level, changing into a composition of unbiased items.”
Different current electrical automobile factories featured on Dezeen embrace a black metal and glass facility designed by Snøhetta for automobile model Polestar in Chengdu, China. In Sweden, Danish structure studio Cobe is designing a growth centre for Chinese language automobile producer Geely, which it describes as a “chamber of secrets and techniques”.
The images is by Paul Riddle.
Shopper: Cost Vehicles
Lead architect: Most Structure
Inside ideas: Evgeniy Bulatnikov
Mechanical engineer: Airon
Electrical engineer: Good Techno Methods
Structural engineer: HLS Structural
Lighting: Gaismas Magija
Constructing management: The Constructing Inspectors
Wind advisor: Buro Happold
Hearth engineer: QFSM
CDM advisor: Andrew Goddard Associates
Essential contractor: Hansa Group
Metal mezzanine contractor: System Retailer Options
Lighting producer: Esse-Ci