At Design Miami/ 2010, Audi takes a playful look at this aspect: What can drivers do in the meantime? What amenities will charging stations of the future have to offer
Wood furniture and fresh potted herbs, organic food, magazines and coffee-table books – this futuristic service station is a wellness oasis featuring fair-trade products and sustainable materials: A real paradise, hence the title of the installation: “e-den.”
The “e” stands for electro-mobility. Munich-based graphic design studio Mirko Borsche created this vision imagining a greener tomorrow where traditional gas stations no longer exist, but have transformed into more intimate places of encounter and relaxation.
The installation is dominated by reflective glass that mirrors the resplendent Audi e-tron Spyder concept.
The architecture is also reminiscent of a 1950s American gas station, with an old gasoline pump encased in glass like a museum piece serving as a reminder of the oil-dependent past.
As part of the Audi Urban Future Award 2010 architectural competition, Audi took a close look at individual mobility in the city of the future. Furthermore, Audi presented four electric vehicle concepts with its e-tron family within just one year – and the limited production electric R8 e-tron supercar will be on the market in 2012.
Being the Exclusive Automotive Sponsor, Audi has experimented at Design Miami/ with themes such as mobility, technology, material and design since the partnership’s inception: installations ranging from the spectacular “Ignition R8” exhibit in 2006, where are an approximately 10-meter-high sculpture symbolized ignition in the mid engined Audi R8 as the “big bang of dynamism“ to last year’s “Art of Progress” immediately following the A8’s world premiere where the full-size car turned into a miniature collectible on a coffee-table surrounded by supersized furniture.