Rong Guan is responsible for the design of the Polestar Retail Spaces, one of the most important physical manifestations of the Polestar brand.
What’s the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is that I don’t only work with other architects. I get to work with colleagues from totally different fields with different expertise.
What’s one thing you’ve done here at Polestar that you’re immensely proud of?
Actually, it’s being part of the automotive industry, which isn’t an industry that I initially thought I’d be in. I’m also very proud to play a part in creating a new brand from the beginning, both the concept and the design.
What job would you like to have, if you didn’t have this one?
I’d want the same job, but in a different industry. Fashion.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
My superpower would be the ability to do ctrl-Z in real life.
Would you rather be able to control animals with your mind, or electronics with your mind?
I’m a “more is more” person, so I’m going to say both!
The world’s coldest classroom: Polestar 2 testing in Jokkmokk
Tests. Introduced to us when we’re schoolchildren, tests are almost universally thought of with distaste. They recall memories of anxiety, of late-night study sessions, of an all-consuming fear of failure. Tests, simply put, are the worst. Joakim Rydholm is doing his best to change that.
Commonalities and challenges: the search for more sustainable materials
At first glance, an electric car company and an artist may not have much in common. One produces on an enormous scale, the other creates unique pieces. One has facilities and offices in multiple countries, the other has a canal-side studio. But beyond these initial differences lie deeper similarities. A dedication to a cleaner future. An awareness of the need to act now. And an insistence on using the most sustainable solutions possible. It’s precisely these shared values that made the pairing between ourselves and Thijs Biersteker so natural.