Last edited 19 Jul 2017

Faraday Future, Mare Island

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In July 2017, design firm MAD revealed the proposed campus for Faraday Future (FF) on Mare Island, which recently announced production of ‘the world’s fastest-accelerating electric car’.

The site, in Northern California adjacent to the Napa River, was recently positioned as a ‘zero-emission base’. It was formerly a naval base, and will support not only FF’s research, development, and manufacturing, but also an ongoing public programme and ecological restoration of the Napa’s banks.

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The campus covers an area of approximately 130,000 sq. m, including 20,000 sq. m of buildings. MAD have designed an open concept campus with a unique structure taking into account FF’s science fictional ambition and mysterious surrealism..

MAD’s proposal consists of two low, metallic structures embedded within the site’s landscape. The user experience centre rises into a sculptural, reflective tower, the design of which allows clients to watch as their car is transported from the warehouse along the elevated light rail into the exhibition hall. The experience centre will be open to the public, with visitors able to observe the whole campus.

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The double-height facility is punctured by a series of internal courtyards, maximising natural daylight, and providing employees with outdoor space. In line with the project’s ‘zero-emission, low energy’ ambition, the structures also have large roof overhangs, and operable glass façades that passively reduce solar gains and allow for natural ventilation.

The 'transparency' of the offices creates a direct relationship between employees and visitors, a working demonstration of broader social agenda.

The roofs are clad with solar power panels, with enough production capacity to support the entire campus’ daily operational demands. The experience tower is also equipped with wind-driven generators.

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Content and images courtesy of MAD.

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