Polestar Envisions Garage Of The Future

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Does your imaginary garage include a hydrogen seaplane hanger?

We don't think we're out of line saying that the Swedes know design. Whether it's Volvo, Polestar or Ikea, the country seems to know what looks visually pleasing. Looking to further that connection, electric car brand Polestar announced the winners of its second annual design contest, which owners will be able to view in their Polestar 2 infotainment. It can also be found on the Polestar website and at select Polestar Spaces, which are like dealerships but cooler.

Polestar designer Thomas Ingenlath leads the design contest, and this year chose the theme of Progressive. It didn't need to be a car, "but it had to embody the spirit of Polestar and demonstrate that design can be the driving force for positive change," said the release.

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Entrants received coaching from the design team and were allowed to submit sketches before developing the ideas further for the final. The design brief notes that the project needed to "advance societal progression" and show new ways of thinking, especially in issues like the climate crisis.

"It was both inspirational and humbling to interact with so much emerging and experienced talent," said Maximilian Missoni, Polestar's (awesomely named) head of design. "We saw the designs evolve from creative sketches to 3D models, and show that the design world is a melting pot of exceptional individuals."

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The contest got hundreds of entries, according to the company, from across the world. They included buildings and electric bikes, airplanes, delivery vehicles and more. There were categories for students and professionals, who both impressed.

The professional category was won by David Vultaggio from France. His design was called H_UB and was meant to be a garage concept, but possibly the coolest one ever. Of course there's charging for cars, but also for electric bikes. Vultaggio also included a hydrogen-powered seaplane for those quick jaunts to Lake Winnipesaukee.

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Mingwei Liu won the student category with a design called Glad To Be Dirty. It's a concept car that carries external air filters to clean the air as it drives. Those filters get dirty, which is the point: for people to see how much stuff is actually in our air, and how much the car has cleaned. It cube shape offers a lot of surface area to catch air.

Finally, Finland's Kristian Talvitie received an honorable mention for KOJA, which is a residence meant to be built in a treehouse canopy. It has a low ecological impact and small space, but offers an amazing view of nature, "for people who would otherwise need to travel far to experience the wilderness."

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Polestar is going to build the winning designs in 1:5 scale models and send them around the world to Polestar Spaces as an art exhibit. The winners also get a trophy, a computer and a tablet, and a trip the Polestar headquarters in Sweden. There they'll get to check out both the Polestar 1 and 2, and get to drive on the company's proving track. Congrats everyone!

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