Gryphon: Airborne lifestyle concept | UID Degree Show 2014
Many of us designers at Volvo Cars have been studying at the awesome Umeå Institute of Design in the city of Umeå in northern Sweden. One of our previous interns Erik Evers here at Volvo just finished his master in transportation design at that very school and we just wanted to show you his project. because it’s just awesome:
"The result of this degree work is a twin rotor aircraft called the Gryphon. The rotors are partly covered to provide protection both visually and functionally. The idea is also that the rings would provide better aerodynamics by stopping vortex rings to appear in a hover and create a larger lifting surface in forward flight.
The Gryphon is semi autonomous and offers seamless control to the pilot through a brain machine interface together with controls in the pilot armrests. The spine shape that intersects the center of the fuselage goes down through the cockpit and forms the antenna over the pilots head, the spine shape houses sensors and also acts as a directionally stabilizing aerodynamic element.
The ultimate goal was to achieve a vehicle design where the design concept and the technical concept were seamlessly interwoven and mutually supportive, a design without compromise!”
We want to congratulate Erik to a well made project, please check out the Gryphon and the other degree works here.
The Polestar | Scandinavias tallest building in Gothenburg
This week the winning proposal for a new sky scraper in Gothenburg was announced. Drawn by architects at the american firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), the building will be scandinavias tallest building with its 230 meters.
the building will stand tall in the technical hub of gothenburg at Lindholmen on Hising Island, around the corner from the Volvo factory and our design studio and will be finished in 2019, just in time for Gothenburgs 400 year anniversary in 2021.
IKO is a creative prosthetic system designed for children to explore and empower their creativity in a playful, social and friendly way. What if kids could use their imagination to create their own tools according to their own needs; disabled kids needs are not always related to physical activity but often alternatively the social and psychological aspect; what if kids could make their own prosthetics and have fun at the same time? Learning. Creating. Being kids.
Find out more info about it on UIDs homepage here.
A Volvo Designers choice.
Eric Gunnarsson, interior designer at Volvo Cars design studio in Gothenburg built his dream volvo and shares it with us today:
"Black is simply the new black. I have created a discreet yet powerful “sleeper” with as little brightwork as possible. Inside a leather instrument panel is a must-have option together with leather seats and armrests. Having the copper deco on the center stack adds a contemporary material that brings a bit of sparkle to a toned down yet luxurios set.
Of course there’s an AWD chassie for pleasure including a drivetrain with a powerful turbo diesel and an automatic gearbox for everyday comfort.
The choice of the XC60 is simple, it’s a very tight and dynamic yet clean design with a good stance on the road, offering space and comfort for my family still feeling agile and fun. Best in class!”
We couldn’t agree more, check it out on Volvos car configurator here.