The development, covering an area of about 130,000 sq-m on the site of an abandoned naval base on Mare Island, in Northern California, will house the research, development and manufacturing bases of the company, which makes the world's fastest accelerating electric car.
The highlight of the headquarters is the user experience centre, a space-age-looking sculptural tower from where customers can observe cars before they buy them and watch as the vehicles are transported along an elevated light rail link from the warehouse to the exhibition hall.
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 to day-to-day employee and visitor experiences, and a working demonstration of broader social agenda. 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 campus's daily energy needs.
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