The headquarters of Cyan Racing, the reigning multiple touring car motorsport world champions, has been nominated to the Swedish architecture prize "The Gold Chair" and reached the final round of the vote.
"We are thrilled to have the Cyan HQ nominated for the Gold Chair," said Christian Dahl, founder and owner of Cyan Racing.
"The facilities have really been a key part of our development both as a company and as a brand, from Swedish champions to World champions. We reached our high set targets, both on the racing circuits and with our own headquarters."
The black cube-shaped building was completed in 2017 via a cooperation with the renowned Swedish architecture office Liljewall.
The three-story facilities span over 6000 square metres, including an F1-standard simulator, showrooms, chassis and engine manufacturing, a fully dynamic engine dyno and design offices.
The interior is graphically black and white, creating a back-scene for the protagonists, the eye-catching cyan blue racing and performance cars, to stand out.
The materials are glass, perforated naturally anodized aluminium and tasteful elements of wood. The wood can for example be found in the dining facilities where the material adds warmth to the otherwise strict architecture.
"We have always said that we are 'a black and white company with blue cars' and that set the base for our HQ," said Christian Dahl.
"The journey from the first design sketch on a napkin with the architect Bjarni Ingvarson at my kitchen table to the finished building was just as fun as it was challenging and satisfying."
The interior of the Cyan Racing HQ is one of four finalists that can win the Gold Chair, hosted by the Swedish Architecture Academy, and the winner will be announced on March 25th.
The motivation of the jury:
"At 300km/h, nothing can go wrong; a technical brilliance and rigor that is reflected in every single material meeting, every furniture choice, every white conference room and every single black simulator room in this tweezers puzzle science fiction interior.
"An almost unreal environment, stripped down and robotic, with the character of a high-tech laboratory rather than a head office.
"The monochrome spaces give a cinematic expression that rarely, if ever, is carried out with the same consequence in Sweden - only the cyan-blue luster of the race cars is allowed to contrast, even the workshop is chalk white.
"A well-oiled machine where the aerodynamic speed wonders are the hub of everything. Here, interior design is about maximizing speed and minimizing risks. This is about winning."
Learn more about Cyan Racing here.
Photo: Carl Ander, Kalle Sanner and Dejan Sokolovski
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About Cyan Racing and this project
Cyan Racing was founded in 1996 and was formerly named Polestar until Volvo Cars acquired the performance section and trademark in 2015. Cyan Racing is privately owned and operated. The team has claimed the last three touring car World titles, most recently the 2020 WTCR drivers' and teams' titles with Lynk & Co – and participated in the development of the Polestar performance models of the Volvo S60 and V60 in the years 2013 to 2015, including the concept models Volvo C30 and S60 Polestar Concept Prototype.
Please note that the Volvo P1800 Cyan will be marketed independently by Cyan Racing. Furthermore, it should be noted that there is no collaboration between Cyan Racing and Volvo Cars in relation to this car project, as well as that the trademarks “Volvo” and “P1800” are owned by Volvo Cars.