The Visitor Concept Wins International Designer Competition for Prague Taxi
Diego García, Spain, has become the winner of the Dassault Systèmes Design Challenge with his concept named ‘Visitor’. The participants were given the task to design a new taxi for Prague. The second place in the competition – held under the auspices of the Mayor of Prague – went to the ‘Call-e’ project from the Czech designer Josef Ludvík Böhm who decided to combine the benefits of a car and a bus. The daring futuristic concept ‘Cheers’ by Jakub Jodlowski, from Poland, using tram lines and unusual cork material, placed third.
In case of the ‘Visitor’ concept the jury acknowledged the relevant, accurate and easy-to-understand design solution, which includes exterior, interior and graphic rendering but also sense for reality and feasibility. When assessing the entries we were looking for the best solutions also from the perspective of potential users. Consistency with the Prague environment was also very important for us.
Anne Asensio, Vice President, Dassault Systèmes
In total, 80 designers from 23 countries joined the international competition for under-35 designers, held by Dassault Systèmes and AutoDesign&Styling. Their task was to present an environmental vision of a taxi that would become another prominent symbol of Prague. Twenty-three top projects went through to the final round where the jury, chaired by the car designer Anne Asensio, chose the winners who divided the total prize fund of EUR 1,800.
The main criteria evaluated by the jury included simplicity, uniqueness, consumer modesty, aesthetic quality and connection with Prague. Our ambition was to find such a design that would show how young designers from all over the world imagine Prague taxis looking in the near future.Radek Laube, the editor-in-chief of the original Czech car magazine AutoDesign&Styling
The victorious electric taxi project, Visitor, meets the needs of Prague visitors who do not want to miss anything during their journeys to the hotel or the airport. Large windows and a basic simple shape offer maximum space for passengers. Thanks to its generous height it is easy to get on and the perspective is great too, since passengers can stand up during the ride. The friendly design of the exterior is connected with Prague by a colour scheme, which has been inspired by the beige facades of the old Prague houses and their darker foundation walls. As far as the size is concerned, Visitor corresponds to the C segment of cars.
The design of Josef Ludvík Böhm, the runner-up in the competition, maximises the use of the interior, as it can take as many as six passengers and can be adapted for cargo transport. The passengers get on through a sliding door and there is even a ramp for a wheelchair. The large glass darkening boards reflect the city. The free parts of the car’s body can serve as a communication tool to project advertising and other messages. The wheels are covered and they are hinged on swivel axles. They are driven by electric motors powered by batteries and solar cells placed on the car roof. The project won the attention of the jury by the clean and modern design of its exterior and by its emphasis on the environment.
Prague has one of the densest tram networks and this was something that Jakub Jodlowski made use of in his Cheers project, which came in third. Whenever his taxi drives along the same route as the trams, it is powered by the tram lines. The driver is seated in a ‘tower’ which reflects the unique character of 100-spire Prague but has a practical implication too. The Skoda Fabia-long car has a unique interior dominated by cork. The combination of the cork and the dark cabin glass, evoking Czech crystal, creates an interesting contrast. The jury appreciated this complex and well thought-out solution, as well as the professional way in which it was presented.
The designer competition “Dassault Systèmes Design Challenge” was announced by the provider of 3D solutions Dassault Systèmes in partnership with AutoDesign&Styling magazine in February 2011. Besides Anne Asensio and Radek Laube, the jury was made up of the DS manager for the car industry, Miloš Korvas, the designers Stanislav Hanuš and Jan D?dek, Ji?í Hulák of the National Technical Museum in Prague and Jana Vinšová of the civic association Czechdesign.cz. The seven-strong jury met in the National Technical Library on September 5. You can find the video from the jury meetings here. The detailed presentations of the winning projects can be seen in the latest issue of AutoDesign&Styling.
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600 registered designers, 80 entries, 23 nationalities
1st prize € 1,000, 2nd prize € 500, 3rd prize € 300