Two worlds, that of interior design and automobiles, come together to illustrate Renault’s new design strategy based on human life experiences, namely Love, Explore, Family, Work, Play and Wisdom. Twin’Z is the 5th concept car to come out from this strategy – specifically designed by Ross Lovegrove for the Play life cycle.
Renault gave carte blanche to the British designer to express his vision of the automobile, both in the interior and exterior bodywork of the car. Drawing inspiration from the world of nature and research for an environmentally friendly vehicle, Ross Lovegrove designed a playful, aesthetically sensuous and poetic car full of meanings and style.
The rear-mounted motor and the absence of a central pillar in the cabin (the front and rear doors are hinged at the front and rear respectively) free up a huge space at the interior and opens infinite possibilities to create an original and un-conventional interior car design.
“The interior is not broken up into separate elements and all passengers feel very much part of the travelling experience. The rear seat backs have been integrated into the floor-pan to create space and a new, informal aesthetic.” Ross Lovegrove.
Luminescent green lines light up and map out the interior shape of the car as if it were a topographical map, to increase the perception of space, while the seats were designed to be minimal and small. Next to the steering wheel, a touch screen pad that takes care of everything.
On the exterior, the blue finish is inspired by the French painter Yves Klein: ““It echoes France’s cultural heritage while also mirroring the virtues of our planet. After all, isn’t the Earth blue when seen from space?” Ross Lovegrove.
The wheels and tyres are designed as one entity, with Michelin creating a tyre pattern specifically for this car following Lovegrove’s design of a glowing green growth structure inspired by nature. This was made possibly by the use of latest technology in parametric modelling and 3D printing.
Games of LED lighting are an integral part of Lovegrove’s car design. Headlights are created with a minimum amount of lines; crowned by an eyelid and structured like an iris they confer the car a humanlike gaze. The glass roof is illuminated with a colourful sequence of LEDs that create a magical feeling, bringing the car to life.
“Passengers are hooded in a technological envelope that bathes them in a light which responds to the energy and pulse of Twin’Z,” says Ross Lovegrove. “This roofscape heightens the sensation of space and blends seamlessly into the rear window.”
“The use of composites and recycled materials opens up new opportunities to combine textures and new skin expressions. Mechanical ‘hard' aesthetics are making way for the biological principles of ‘soft’ aesthetics. As a consequence, designing a car no longer consists merely in improving the look and feel of the drive experience. It involves harnessing a new attitude towards how we integrate vehicles into everyday life by reducing harmful emissions, dematerialising the car’s physicality to achieve lightness, and maximising not only its footprint but also, and above all, its efficiency and intelligence. That is what I wanted to achieve through this project.”
Images from Renault X Ross Lovegrove