El Camino Real is one of California’s busiest highways, so when Silicon Valley auto dealer Adam Simms chose it as the site of his new Fisker dealership, we knew the building would have to be eye catching. Fisker is introducing a new line of plug-in hybrid high performance sedans capable of 100 mpg, so visibility is key. The 7000 SF dealership has a glass enclosure and dramatic cantilevered roof and features a 4000 SF showroom. The entire south façade rolls back to open the showroom to the highway, and the outdoor display area beneath the cantilever.
Fisker’s new structure takes inspiration from the “Eco-Chic” nature of their cars exposing steel structural elements in combination with materials containing high recyclable content. The structure blurs the lines between interior and exterior space taking advantage of Northern California mild weather and quality of natural light. The project meets city of Palo Alto environmental standards equivalent to LEED Silver certification.
Photography © David, Wakely