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Stavros Mavrakis

MA work

Zephyr | intensify the experience


Zephyr, in ancient Greek mythology, was the god of the west wind and messenger of spring bringing summer breezes. In Odyssey, Zephyr was the only wind Aeolos let out of his bag to blow favourably to the west enabling Odysseus to travel towards Ithaca.

Zephyr is now blowing favourably leading the modern explorer to new adventures in Mediterranean regions, such as the Cyclades.

It is a tool to intensify the experience and absorb the world.

Having this vehicle, the traveller can make the most of the place he is located in and have a unique and original local experience.

It is a shared-use vehicle that with the help of emerging technologies, such as autonomous driving, enables the user to have an authentic experience deliberated from unnecessary functions like the driving. Thus, the way we visit and experience a place completely changes.

Zephyr is a piece of moving architecture and not just a means of transport, as it provides a flexible ephemeral space of living, making it the key part of the experiential adventure.

The use of local materials combined with the use of composite recyclable materials and renewable energy completes the proposal for a vehicle born from that place, destined for that place.

Just as Zephyr was part of the eight winds kept in Aeolos’ oxhide bag, Zephyr is part of a set of vehicle tools corresponding to different groups of sites that share common characteristics.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Vehicle Design, 2018

  • I’m an architect engineer (MArch) who’s now studying Vehicle Design at Royal College of Art.

    I am keen on everything that has to do with architecture, industrial and graphic design, as well as photography, and I have a deep enthusiasm for vehicle design and everything around it. 


    I strongly believe that multidisciplinarity and the synergy between different disciplines and design fields are more than crucial. 


    In the future I could imagine myself not only in a conventional car design studio, but also being part of an advanced and ‘adventurous’ design centre that could provide me with the opportunity to explore new, innovative ways and solutions of holistic design as the times require.

  • Degrees

  • Diploma in Architecture, School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, 2016; MA in Vehicle Design, Royal College of Art, London, 2018
  • Experience

  • Internship, Quarterre Studio, London, 2017; Internship, Nikos.Manafis design studio, Athens, 2015-16; Internship, Sitbon Architectes, Paris, 2013; Internship, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, 2011
  • Exhibitions

  • Urban Box, Hellenic Institute of Architecture at the Benaki Museum, Athens, 2012; In Vitro-“Procès de création architecturale”, Maison de l’architecture en Ile-de-France, Paris, 2013
  • Awards

  • Winner of the Inside Out Pathway in the project ‘On the Move to New Frontiers’ in association from CNH Industrial NV and Royal College of Art, London, 2017; Shotlisted in ‘The Continental Connection’ Competition Project from Royal Automobile Club and Royal College of Art, London, 2016
  • Publications

  • Marta Cinti, 'Sustainable Innovation', Auto & Design, Issue 226, pg. 63, Turin, 2017; Eric Gallina, ‘CNH Industrial asks RCA Students to Envision Future Products’, Form Trends, London, 2017; Rory FH Smith, ‘The next generation of auto designers imagine cars for tomorrow's world’, Wallpaper Magazine, London, 2016; Dissertation: 'How the Driverless Era May Reshape our Perception about Urban Mobility', Royal College of Art, London, 2017