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2021

GOOD DESIGN|グッドデザイン金賞

Award-winning item
Snow Vehicle [NAVi (provisional name)]
Business Owner
Ohara Corporation
Category
Commercial vehicle, Commercial vehicle-related instruments
Company
Ohara Corporation (Japan)
Award Number
21G100938
Outline of Good Design Award winners
Outline of Good Design Award winners 2021

Outline* The shown information is the one as of the awarded date and might has been changed.

Outline

NAVi is an innovative "Research station vehicle" for Polar research expeditions, with a futuristic appearance, featuring a green body color found nowhere else in Polar region. We designed it to be both functional and iconic. Its robust body structure, cold resistance to the polar climate, and eye-catching design will enhance the safety in Polar research activities and save researchers' lives.

Producer

Okito Ohara, President, Ohara Corporation

Director

Masahito Suzuki/ Tetsuya Tsubaki, Ohara Corporation

Designer

Hironori Wada, TWOOL inc.

More information

https://www.oharacorp.co.jp/

Market release pending
2021/5/30

Evaluation

Snowmobiles that help transportation under harsh natural environments of Antarctica, where only few people stay to conduct scientific research on the global environment, were renewed for the first time in 30 years. The developers brought themselves to Antarctica to conduct on-site research and interview researchers to design this product. The concept of providing safe and comfortable transportation to researchers who were coping with the coldness and tight spacing can be called a shelter, instead of a vehicle. This vehicle has many advantages, including strength, cold resistance, the front shape to prepare for a fall into a crevasse, the green color that does not exist in Antarctica and thus improves visibility, etc. With such great features, it can be called a type of research equipment, rather than a vehicle. It also has a larger space and improved cold resistance as a housing space for researchers. In addition, the iconic appearance of this vehicle helps people to understand the scientific research in Antarctica. We highly rated this product as a research activity bearing the future of humanity, and also as a strong design and solution that support such research.

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