Designed by celebrated Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta (who are about to add to their portfolio with the new Shanghai Opera House), the Production Centre embodies the next step in automotive manufacturing. The facility boasts a sweeping curved facade, a universal mezzanine offering unrestricted views of the entire manufacturing process, and a brand experience centre which introduces visitors to the Polestar universe.
“The Polestar 1 has been designed down to the smallest detail. The way it’s assembled is no different. The Production Centre in Chengdu is host to one of the most exacting and precise manufacturing processes in the automotive industry”, says the brand, owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.
In the assembly shop, where the various components which make up the Polestar 1 come together, things are done by hand: the assembly of the powertrain and transmission, the installation of the interior, and more.
The distinctive carbon fibre body panels of the Polestar 1 are attached to the steel chassis by hand in a specialised jig for absolute precision. Once the body and chassis have become one, the engine, gearbox and suspension are joined with the chassis at the marriage point.
The Hang on Parts (HOP) area is next, and it’s exactly what it sounds like. Components are painstakingly measured before being attached by hand, ensuring the signature silhouette of the Polestar 1.
“The paint shop and polishing room boast some of the most intricate work of the entire process. A combination of machine and hand-sanding have proven to be the best method to prepare the carbon fibre while keeping the feature lines intact, in preparation for hand-painting”, according to Polestar.
The Production Centre was designed with the goal of being one of the most environmentally responsible car manufacturing facilities in China. Aiming for Gold status in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a globally-recognised rating system), the facility is not only designed with the idea of sustainability at its core, but also committed to only using suppliers which adhere to the strictest environmental standards.
The Polestar Production Centre was also designed to be a physical representation of the brand and its ethos. And for visitors who are unfamiliar with Polestar, there is also the Brand Experience Centre, which presents a curated glimpse into the various aspects of the Polestar universe. Inside the Production Centre itself: a multimedia installation presenting the hardware and engineering of the Polestar 1, along with texts and films showcasing the brand’s identity, design philosophy, and more.
Companies: The Polestar Production Centre
Industries: Automotive and Road Transportation