The Mercedes-Benz Aria is an impressive project created by Slavche Tanevski, a design student at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany, for his Bachelor Thesis.
It showcases a remarkable quality, with a careful design research carried out through an incredible number of sketches and renderings – check the exclusive gallery with 50+ images.
The goal was to create a car with a timeless design that could combine a sleek silhouette with dynamic proportions and sensual, sculptural surfaces, to express a vision of what a luxury car from Mercedes-Benz could look like in the year 2030.
As Slavche explains, “I intended to do a car with a timeless beauty […]. So I asked myself, what body, which products have this quality? – Musical instruments.”
“The grand piano for example, when it’s closed it looks elegant, classy, noble. […] When open, one sees the keyboard, the strings etc. which put the product to another level.”
At first glance the attention is caught by the body surfaces, inspired by female body, violin, the Coke-Bottle – and supported by tensioned and articulated lines which give the car definition and character.
A further analysis reveals a number of details, such as the distinctive “aero pins” which define the tail volume the wheels, the interior.
The main inspiration for the exterior is the flying hair. “Something very likable, spontaneous and elegant.”
To express the car’s character, the front end is inspired by Alexander’s helmet, a symbol of power, leadership and with a sense of protective aesthetics. At the same time the traditional Mercedes-Benz grille is subtly indicated.
The vehicle has wheel hub electric engines, so the air intakes are positioned on the sides instead of the center. The volumes around are dictated by the aerodynamics.
The arrow-like traditional Benz nose is still there to change the direction of the air.
In the side view, the design is characterized by the sleek trapezoidal shape. The body is extremely stretched, with a very low greenhouse.
“The roofline is coupe-like and is subjunctively integrated in the body, for a better flow appearance.
“It supports the car’s stylish appearance and matches the design of the roofline, which gives homogeneousness to the overall look.
“The belt line is droplet-shaped, which underlines the aerodynamic efficiency of the car. The front half of the shoulder edge has the opposite direction to give the car push-forward effect.
“The crisp character lines, in contrast, are connected by soft and mainly positive surfaces which show the car’s muscles.
“By avoiding too many creases and showing an interesting play of light and shadow, the surfaces articulate the reflections to achieve dynamism.”
“The radii and the direction changes on the surfaces are similar to those of a silk dress.”
The volume is segmented to give the rim an electric feeling, to express the craft precision and to reduce weight.
The wheel is secured by copper wires, which also optically support the electrical character.
The Mercedes-Benz logo is pulled outside and has a floating impression, as it doesn’t rotate when the car moves.
The main characteristic of the interior is its modularity and the way it is connected to the body of the car: it is not welded to the exterior but wired to the copper skeleton.
This makes it easily interchangeable, like home furniture. This connecting system also allows better comfort, as the wires have a flexibility that results in a second suspension system. Inspired by a cradle, the system enables a flying sensation for the passengers.
“The design statement set with the exterior is even stronger in the interior. The flow continues inside the car as well. It’s represented by the main central metallic frame and continues on the conjunctive seats.
“At the front the “dashboard” is formed by two piano black leafs which “levitate” over the ray-shaped structure and enhouse the steering wheel as well as the airbags.
*”The atmosphere in the cabin is very airy and roomy to give the feeling of freedom.
The concept of contrast is also used in the choice of materials: copper and aluminum used to express strength, leather and piano black surfaces as symbols of high class and exclusivity, while the wooden floor resembles a yacht deck.
About the Designer
Slavche Tanevski is a 23 year-old Macedonian design student at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany.