Romain Gauvin wins the Renault Design competition "Imagine Espace in 2024" The competition to "Imagine Espace in 2024" has been won by Romain Gauvin, a fifth-year student at Strate College. Renault Design organized the competition to coincide with Espace's 20th anniversary, inviting entries from students at its partner schools in France (Issy-les-Moulineaux) and Germany (Pforzheim). Espace takes off
"The intention was to design a car that travels on the ground yet feels like it is soaring through the sky, like flying a hang-glider", explainsRomain Gauvin. The "suspended" cabin features illustrate this idea, with a pared-down dashboard and two rows of three seats, each on a central support. The hybrid engine takes up less room in the engine compartment to free space in the cabin. The seats are arranged "lounge-style" around a low table, inviting passengers to relax and chat. The discreet low-slung dashboard allows for exceptional forward visibility through the sloping windscreen, giving a full view of the road. The streamlined profile and the shape of the rear end mirror aerodynamic flow to reinforce this sensation of flight. The side windows roll down below the feature line to give passengers the impression they are hovering above the road. Romain Gauvin's Espace of 2024 combines light and space in a concept that takes its cue from flight.
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"Imagine Espace in 2024"
The aim of the competition was to inspire creative interpretations of a powerful and innovative concept that has made its mark among automobiles over the past 20 years: Espace. The first round of the competition in France comprised a "creative brainstorming" session for fourth- and fifth-year students at Strate College. Their brief was to imagine the vehicle's interior and exterior design which they illustrated with drawings (excluding mock-ups). In mid-July, an initial selection was made by Patrick le Quément and a panel of judges appointed by Renault Corporate Design. Four projects were shortlisted. The second stage was held on October 13 at Renault Corporate Design. Patrick le Quément and the panel chose the three finalists whose proposals were considered the most attractive of the four. The final was held on November 9 at the Atelier Renault where the three finalists' projects were presented to journalists at a mini press conference. Patrick le Quément concluded the day by announcing the winner as Romain Gauvin. Romain's prize was a graphic tablet and the loan of a Modus.
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