Rundgang 2007, the annual design degree show held at the Braunschweig University of Art in Germany, took place July 11-15 2007 and showcased a variety of different work created by the graduating class of students in the Transportation Design program. The show displayed final thesis projects as well as sponsored projects from the last term.
Volkswagen Viseo Concept
Marc Kirsch's diploma project was created in collaboration with Volkswagen design in Wolfsburg. A three-seat prototype car powered by an electric engine, the project was created considering the visual and conceptional influence of Santiago Calatrava, the main inspiration, as well as new technologies. Kirsch created a vehicle that enables a higher level of comfort whilst enhancing the driving experience and promoting ecological values. The target was to create a visionary concept car, shaped and based on the Calatravian motto of "dynamic balance" through the use of new technologies.
The popular shapes used by Calatrava are recognized in the design of the Viseo concept, with a large glass surface completely covered with a flexible OLED film. This guarantees an innovative safety and communication concept. This Electro-Translucent-Glassroof is necessary to keep the privacy and to hold a steady climate.
Boreas, also created in collaboration with Volkswagen design in Wolfsburg, is a racing car for especially extreme rally races with difficult track courses. Using modern technologies in the drive and the chassis area enables the use of kinetic energy to be generated when the car is driven. The energy is then transferred to electric power and fed back through the electrical system of the car.
The chassis and the sculpted body are optically separated from each other. While the chassis is designed for extreme driving manoeuvres, the conception of the shape of the body outlines the powers acting on it.
Designed in a purist way, the interior is assigned to give the driver the best possible control and protection.
Selket motorcycle concept
Selket is a hybrid powered leisure vehicle with motorcycle-like driving abilities. The pilot can choose between sportive and relaxed seating positions because of the adjustable seat and handlebars. Various design features enable people with different kind of physical handicaps to handle it and experience acceleration, dynamics and power close to the environment.
Beach Sailor is a three-wheeled sailing concept created with and asymmetrical body. Since wind causes the sail to switch between the left and right sides of the vehicle symmetry is never present. In this concept, the pilot sits in a kind of cocoon that is carried by a surface running from the front to the right through the length of the vehicle. The interior works like an exoskeleton, allowing the pilot to fight against the wind. Fabricated using fibreglass materials, the Beach sailor should prove to be the perfect material to maximize stability and lightweight.
Skymover - Mobile lounge for airports
Jan H. Haehnel
Skymover is a new form of transportation for use in airports. Disorientation and extreme distances in international airports combined with pressure of catching a flight in time led Haehnel to devise a concept to avoid missing connecting flights. The Skymover brings passengers through an intelligent monorail system directly from check in to the airplane. The exclusive design makes it attractive especially for business and first class travellers. The dynamic frame and the floating shell surfaces also serve to enrich the airport architecture.