Audi cetus is a hydrogen-powered, zero-emission city car, designed to change everyday city travel. The idea was to create a car for 2 people that will be likeable and fun, in an effort to restore excitement to the experience of driving. A playful conceptual exercise, truly embraces aerodynamics to both reduce energy consumption and form part of a future design aesthetic.
The smooth curves and streamlined shell mimics the movement of a swimming fish, in an effort to corelate the similarities of the hydrodynamic properties of marine creatures with the aerodynamic performance of the car. This results to an energetic and distinctive form that is formulated by the little details such as the flow of the exterior shell.
The design is primarily concerned with the forces of drag and lift, which are caused by air passing over and around the car body in motion. The entire form that embraces the car’s various elements combines functionality, quiet operation and aerodynamic performance. Along with, it also adds to the aesthetics of the vehicle and its exterior looks, leading to a more dramatic change in overall appearance and performance of a vehicle.
Characterized by soft lines and user friendly features, the surface design flows with motion of the fluid around the body that is made to run on the road. The low profile was developed and customised extensively after ergonomic trials in order to minimize the height of the car and subsequently the air turbulence on the back.
The dynamics of the streamlined silhouette are further emphasised by the natural smooth form that flows to give the car a distinctive appearance. By incorporating this concept the design becomes a more visual expression of the smooth flow of air and this underlying order gives the car its character.
Bio Niko Kapa is an award winning Architect, Industrial Designer and Researcher based in Dubai. He is the founder of Studio Niko Kapa, a multidisciplinary team that supports innovation using research as an integral part of the design process. The practice balances between architecture and product design, embracing the language of functionality, construction efficiency, and brand identity.
Other prizes International Design Award, Gold Prize (Architecture-Landmarks), Los Angeles 2017
International Design Award, Gold Prize (Architecture-Conceptual) / Los Angeles 2017
International Design Award, Bronze Prize (Architecture-Sustainability) / Los Angeles 2017
International Design Award, Bronze Prize (Architecture-Institutional) / Los Angeles 2017
Red Dot Award, Shortlisted, Singapore 2017
Audi Innovation Award, 3rd Prize, Dubai 2017
AIA Emerging Professionals, Laureate, Washington, D.C. 2017
European Product Design Award, Platinum Prize (Transportation), Brussels 2017
European Product Design Award, Silver Prize (Home Interior Products), Brussels 2017
European Product Design Award, Honourable Mention (Interior Furniture), Brussels 2017
German Design Award, Special Mention, Frankfurt 2017
AIA Middle East Design Award, Merit Award, Cairo 2016
Spark International Award, Gold Prize, New York 2016
DAF Award, Shortlisted, New Delhi 2016
Iconic Award, Best of Best, Munich 2016
American Architecture Prize, Bronze Prize (Institutional Architecture) / New York 2016
Asia Architecture Award, 2nd Prize (Innovative Design), Austria 2016
DA Industrial Design Award, Winner, Italy 2016
RTF Sustainability Award, 1st Prize (Cultural Architecture), India 2016
RTF Sustainability Award, 1st Prize (Sports & Recreation Architecture), India 2016
RTF Sustainability Award, 3rd Prize (Mixed Use Architecture), India 2016
WAN Award, Longlist (Future Projects), United Kingdom 2016
A’ Design Award, Bronze Prize (Social Design), Italy 2016
Florim Exhib-it!, Finalist, Milan 2016
International Architecture Design Award, Silver Prize, Italy 2015
International Green Design Award, Silver Prize, Italy 2015
Future of Shade Competition, 1st Prize, New York 2015
A’ Design Award, Silver Prize (Futuristic Design), Italy 2015
Natural Systems Competition, Special Mention, New York 2013
Yamaha Xenter Design Award, Laureate 2012
WA Awards, Laureate 2010
Photo Credit: Studio Niko Kapa
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