With the Transport System Bögl (TSB), the Max Bögl Group has developed a market-ready maglev train that combines innovative technology, everyday usability and intermodality into a new infrastructural instrument. Through the application of prefabricated features and the integration of track and maglev technology, the company has achieved an extreme reduction in dimensions.
In a study initiated in 2018 for the Deutsches Museum Munich, Nobel prize winners Georg Bednorz and Gerd Binnig created a protype “supraglider” shuttle based on superconducting cryostats. Its aim was to showcase the potential of this technology in the field of future mobility. GRAFT was invited to create a design for the shuttle as well as an integrated system of tracks and stations.
On behalf of E.ON Drive, GRAFT and GRAFT Brandlab developed a prototype for an ultra-fast charging station. This was further developed into an innovative, extendable system of modules capable of adapting to future requirements.
The German urban air taxi company Volocopter has developed the ﬁrst fully electronic, autonomous vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL), an ideal solution for use in urban areas. Together with GRAFT and Arup, the Berlin agency GRAFT Brandlab won the competition to design a modular vertiport concept for Volocopter.
At the African Drone Forum in Rwanda in early 2020, GRAFT and DroneMasters presented a new concept that would enable the fast and easy implementation of a decentralized drone, energy and education network. The idea is to link the existing functions of the SOLARKIOSK project with a drone infrastructure to increase rural connectivity in Africa.
GRAFT designed three prototypical Mobility-Plus-Energy-Houses made of sustainable and healthy materials that are completely reusable or recyclable. The houses generate their own energy and a surplus that is used to power an electric vehicle integrated into the technical system of the house. Through integrated planning and a holistic approach, the houses create an energy cycle and combine immovables and mobility.
Driver assistance systems, including automatic parking, traffic sign recognition and automatic distance control are increasingly common in today’s cars. The new ‘Ausfahrt’ at the Autostadt in Wolfsburg offers visitors an opportunity to try out these and other technical assistance systems in models manufactured by Volkswagen to help ensure safer driving in road traffic. With an area of 15,000 square metres, the new driving attraction was built in ten months and opened in August 2013.
GRAFT’s proposal for the eastern extension of Beijing’s business district envisages connecting all land parcels to follow the flow of pedestrians. The design features a central park that is partially elevated above ground level, providing space for public, commercial and entertainment facilities beneath.
GRAFT’s proposal envisaged the insertion of a roof structure at Wolfburg’s main railway station and at the Nordkopf district that reorders the respective urban situation, provides protection from the elements and acts as a natural wayfinder.
GRAFT designed and built future ‘life settings’ as stages of visual communication. Like set designs, these interior worlds are erected within hangar or loft spaces as accessible statements, places of experimentation and inspiration.