Beijing-based MAD Architects just unveiled designs for Faraday Future’s new campus—and it looks like something straight out of the Jetsons. The electric car company, once hailed as the “Tesla Killer,” plans to relocate its headquarters from Los Angeles to Mare Island, north of San Francisco. The stunning campus features sleek and sci-fi-esque buildings that reference the aerodynamic shape of Faraday Future’s recently unveiled FF91, a self-driving vehicle said to be the world’s fastest-accelerating electric car.
Faraday Future’s new Northern California campus will be set along the Napa River on Mare Island’s former navy base, which was recently positioned as a “zero-emission base in California.” MAD Architects’ low-energy campus will cover approximately 130,000 square meters, while the building area will take up approximately 15 percent of the site. The focal point of the campus will be the user experience center marked by a sculptural reflective tower and an exposed winding ramp. Clients will be able to watch the cars move from the warehouse along the elevated light rail down to the exhibition hall.
“MAD’s proposal consists of two low, metallic structures embedded within the site’s prairie landscape, suggesting extraterrestrial objects capable of de-familiarizing employees and prospective clients with the status quo of the contemporary automotive market,” wrote the architects. “In addition, MAD hopes to provide a flexible, and ductile working environment for the growth of its employees and the advancement of the company’s high-tech innovations.”
Large roof overhangs, internal courtyards, and operable glass facade systems will help passively reduce solar gains and allow for natural ventilation. There will be an abundance of natural light and easy access to indoor and outdoor social spaces. Modular rooftop solar panels and wind turbines are expected to produce enough energy to support the entire campus’ daily operational demands.