The opening of 'Moving Shapes' exhibition
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SEAT Brisa Álex Caparrós Jorge - José Muñoz Villar
SEAT Baliza Bern Donadeu Sans - Jaume Jané Bidó
Lancia Errans Giuseppe Busalacchi - Jaume Jané Bidó - Maiol Rodríguez Macías
Volvo IECC Lluís Bellaubí i Portella
Airbus Fly&Play Lluís Bellaubí i Portella -
Virgilio Fernández Hernández - Diego Gámez Esmerado
Masters Degree students at Barcelona's Elisava School of Design presented nine projects in an exhibition named 'Moving Shapes', in November. This was the third graduating year of the 'Masters in Design of Transport Vehicles'.
The course is aimed at students from Spain and abroad, and is based in Barcelona, the Mediterranean capital of the automotive design industry.
Álex Caparrós Jorge José Muñoz Villar
The Seat Brisa was not designed for a non-stop trip from Madrid to Barcelona, but as a recreational, fun vehicle. It has a nautical style, and can be driven on the road or on water since it has a special engine and a sail.
The car is based on the wind as a driving force on water and on a small motor on the road, which can also be used on water by means of the 'power shovels' on the rear wheels.
The outward design has a smooth style and its transparency make the car appear lighter, giving an elegant touch which is in harmony with the liquid environment in which it works, while still appearing elegant on the road.
Bern Donadeu Sans Jaume Jané Bidó
The Seat Baliza is a multi-faceted amphibious vehicle, with the dynamic style of a car on land, but with a sporting outline in the water. This amphibian changes its position depending on the environment, or put another way, the environment transforms the car in the same way as people adopt a different pose when in contact with water or just walking on the street. The Seat Baliza goes through a movement when it enters the water. The front wheels and front part sink, offering a more sporting and forward raked position.
The vehicle changes completely its appearance and behaviour when in the water, as the front wheels dissappear from view. Although the Baliza can use four-wheel drive in land or propulsion in water, the car makes use of the same engine to drive the wheels or the jet located under the vehicle. Its aesthetics reflect its duality: the quiet Baliza in land, the Baliza which can be driven comfortably, and the sportive and aggressive on water.
The Baliza is a recreational vehicle, and you can use it either on the beach, go into the water, sail as if it were a launch, go through a rocky area, drive along the road, get home and think how nice life is!
Giuseppe Busalacchi - Jaume Jané Bidó - Maiol Rodríguez Macías
The project proposes an all-terrain vehicle with three seats which offers an alternative interior space with lots of different uses. The car is based on an innovative concept of interior distribution which approaches the requirements of a specific type of consumer: 'Bobos'. According to studies, this is a group of people, the generations of the year 2010, aged 20-30 with a high purchasing power, a prudent standard of living and a taste for high technology, nature and open spaces.
Lancia Errans is a versatile car which carries the concepts of independence and autonomy to extremes. The model has three seats and two auxiliary ones, three possibilities of driving (drive by wire), three possibilities of a total use of the interface (driving controls, 3 GPS, Internet, computer) and a playful back space for three people. The interior is divided into two areas: a front part for driving and control, and a wide part at the back with the possibility of using it as boot or space to relax.
The project is of a hybrid technology (petrol/electric) and, together with the four driving wheels, it gives the base for the enjoyment of nature in an ecological way.
Volvo IECC (Innovative Evolution Concept Car)
Lluís Bellaubí i Portella
The Volvo IECC is a proposal for the next Volvo model in terms of aesthetics and concept. This brand has always expressed its dedication to design family cars. However, this Volvos project has thought of a much more practical and modular vehicle, without moving away from the stylised outline of present models.
Formally, the car is the fusion of several languages that manifest themselves in the rear part of the car, which has been carried to extremes and expresses the sporting side of the vehicle, and in the front part, much more classical and elegant.
The car shares some similarities with an MPV, with the interior raised in comparison with the mechanical components so as to minimise the central tunnel in the interior.
Airbus Fly & Play
Lluís Bellaubí i Portella Virgilio Fernández Hernández Diego Gámez Esmerado
This project gives birth to a new concept of seat for the business class which improves the present standards. The aim is to save space and entertain the passengers.
In order to achieve this goal, the team set up a game which suits passengers of all sorts: short and tall, young and old, shy and talkative
This game is based on the rules of ergonomics and the arousal of the passengers curiosity by means of the details.
Putting this into practice, the seat will prevent the passenger from going through the bad experience of the economy class syndrome, and thus a fifteen hour flight may turn out to be something entertaining, comfortable, free and intimate.