Royal College of Art Degree Show 2012 – Part 3

Royal College of Art Degree Show 2012 – Part 3

The last part of our exclusive report on the the works presented at this year’s Royal College of Art Degree Show by the students of the Vehicle Design MA programme.


(continues from Part 1 and Part 2)

eXtremes by Marianna Merenmies

eXtremes by Marianna Merenmies - Design Sketch eXtremes by Marianna Merenmies - Design Sketches

eXtremes is lightweight, aerodynamic and expressive crossover vehicle designed for the Russian market; though it could be used is any developing market where temperature extremes, bad roads, noise and pollution are prevalent.

eXtremes by Marianna Merenmies eXtremes by Marianna Merenmies

The vehicle features a front central driving position but can operate autonomously in city centers, allowing passengers to utilize the lounge space at the rear.

eXtremes by Marianna Merenmies eXtremes by Marianna Merenmies

Its carbon fiber frame is supplemented by Aerogel to increases stiffness in key areas and minimizes frame torsion without adding extensive weight. It also provides protection against cold, heat and noise when laminated between the glazing in the door panel.

Inclusive design interior by Niels van Roij

Inclusive design interior by Niels van Roij - Design Sketches

van Roij’s ‘Inclusive Design Interior’ concept was born from the idea of creating an easy to use, adaptable and ergonomically optimized interior environment. He therefore devised an interior around a central touch pad to navigate through the menus, with a large, simple, high contrast IP in front of the driver.

Inclusive design interior by Niels van Roij ochre glazing 360 view Inclusive design interior by Niels van Roij - Ochre Light

The high seats are fixed on a low floor while the dashboard and pedal box are adjustable, as is the steering wheel, which is placed closer to the driver and angled horizontally.

Inclusive design interior by Niels van Roij - Touch surface ventilation Inclusive design interior by Niels van Roij - Steering

Big, intuitive touch surface controls are fanned over the steering wheel, within reach of the hand and both the interior ocher-colored lighting and car glazing adapt to outside light conditions.

Bentley Tailor Made by Kyungeun Ko

Bentley Tailor Made by Kyungeun Ko Bentley Tailor Made by Kyungeun Ko

Kyungeun Ko sought to design a bespoke luxury car in sustainable way when she created the Bentley ‘Tailor Made’ concept.

Bentley Tailor Made by Kyungeun Ko Bentley Tailor Made by Kyungeun Ko

Starting from the basis of designing by paper forming, which enabled the creation of a new organic and sculptural aesthetic, Ko also used a technology called ‘Robofold’ – the same London-based company used by Jan Rosenthal.

Bentley Tailor Made by Kyungeun Ko Bentley Tailor Made by Kyungeun Ko

The low cost manufacturing system employs robots to fold sheets of aluminum, which alleviates the need for castings and molds – ideal for creating a one-off vehicle. The system is also devoid of waste, and the aluminum can also be recycled at the end of its practical use.

Floating Entertainment Hub by Chulhun Park

Floating Entertainment Hub by Chulhun Park - Design Sketches Floating Entertainment Hub by Chulhun Park - Design Sketches

Park’s ‘Floating Entertainment Hub’ for the Palmer Johnson Group – a cultural public space complete with theatres lounges and restaurants on the ocean – uses deconstructivism in its design language and a trimaran hull, which enables greater stability and efficiency as well as greater possibilities for the exterior design.

Floating Entertainment Hub by Chulhun Park Floating Entertainment Hub by Chulhun Park

“The main theme was to create floating architecture to be used by everyone,” said Park.

Floating Entertainment Hub by Chulhun Park Floating Entertainment Hub by Chulhun Park

Micro Living by Nevin de Paravicini

The ‘Micro Living’ project stems from the premise that people in the future will be using their vehicles more than just for transportation. As such, the concept blends architecture and vehicle design, extending into the homes of the user.

Micro Living by Nevin de Paravicini Micro Living by Nevin de Paravicini

The vehicle would be driven up into a honeycomb structure and park, becoming a multi-functional space within the home and acting as a social lounge or an entertainment room.

Audi LBD by Henryk Strojwasiewicz

Audi LBD by Henryk Strojwasiewicz - Design Sketches Audi LBD by Henryk Strojwasiewicz

Strojwasiewicz’s project offers a solution to the ecological and social pressures faced by premium vehicle buyers. The ‘Audi LBD’ concept is a new category of urban vehicle, which aims to cater to fashion conscious buyers.

Audi LBD by Henryk Strojwasiewicz Audi LBD by Henryk Strojwasiewicz

Based on a small car’s footprint – with an overall length of only 3.6m – the vehicle was inspired by Coco Chanel’s idea to strip down opulent dresses when she fought for establishing the Little Black Dress.

Audi LBD by Henryk Strojwasiewicz Audi LBD by Henryk Strojwasiewicz

μcar (PhD by Thesis) by Lino Vital García-Verdugo

Microcar by Lino Vital Garcia Verdugo Microcar by Lino Vital Garcia Verdugo

The μcar is a new urban vehicle solution for the common problems linked to car use in cities. The electric vehicle introduces a new design strategy that uses technical minimalism as a resource to reinforce urban performance and user acceptance.

Microcar by Lino Vital Garcia Verdugo Microcar by Lino Vital Garcia Verdugo

The flexibility of the 1+1 seat design also fosters the integration of future technologies such as driver-less control and augmented reality. The result is a new family of vehicles that redefines urban mobility, introducing a qualitative improvement in terms of efficiency and a unique design language.

Microcar by Lino Vital Garcia Verdugo Microcar by Lino Vital Garcia Verdugo

(also check Part 1 and Part 2)

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