MAD has released the campus design for Faraday Future (FF) on Mare Island, which recently announced its production of “the world’s fastest-accelerating electric car.” The project site is situated in Northern California adjacent to the Napa River, and the city recently positioned the area as a “zero-emission base in California.” The site, a former naval base, will support not only FF’s research, development, and manufacture, but also is re-designed to support ongoing public programming and ecological restoration along the Napa’s banks.
The entire campus covers an area of approximately 130,000 sq m, of which 20,000 sq m as building area. Taking into account FF’s ambitious science fictional and mysterious surrealism, while ensuring the basis of its operation, MAD designed an open concept campus with a compelling structure. 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. The highlight of the project is the user experience center rising into a sculptural, reflective tower. The design allows clients to watch as their car is transported from the warehouse along the elevated light rail into the exhibition hall, to come to a halt right in front of them. The experience center is open to the public and the visitors can observe the whole campus.
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. The double-height facility is punctuated by a series of internal courtyards, allowing for an abundance of natural light and social spaces within, which provides employees an outdoor space for leisure and activities. Prioritising the project’s “zero-emission, low energy” ambition, the structures utilises large roof overhangs, internal courtyards, and operable glass façade systems to passively reduce solar gains and allow for natural ventilation and climate modification. The transparency allows the office spaces to become directly related with day-to-day employee and visitor experiences, and a working demonstration of a broader social agenda. The roofs are entirely surfaced with modulated solar power panels, with enough production capacity to support the entire campus’ daily operational demands. The experience tower is also equipped with wind power generators to further meet the campus’s daily energy needs.