NIO House Hangzhou West Lake, Hangzhou, China
Chinese electric car start-up NIO approached Schmidt Hammer Lassen to help them develop the vision for their automotive showrooms and user clubhouse concept known as NIO House. The site chosen was on the banks of the UNESCO World Heritage West Lake in Hangzhou.
Using the company logo and name “Weilai” which translates as “Blue Future” or “Blue Sky Coming” combined with the projects location on the iconic West Lake we developed a paired back palette of materials that created a distinct horizon line between the earth and the sky. Douglas Fir Timber and Terrazzo represented the earth, and mirrored ceiling represented the sky and the water of West Lake.
This concept went onto be adapted on all new NIO House projects.
As a concept NIO House aims to build and maintain a community and lifestyle around the ownership of a NIO car. The House is intended to feel like a second home for the NIO community. We were selected to work with NIO due to our particular NORDIC style and interest in achieving a space that was high quality and luxurious, yet simple and understated – coupled with our experience in libraries and public projects.