Audi Nines meets Audi design

Audi Nines meets Audi design

Collaboration with designer Sebastian Gehwolf has pushed the design of the 2021 Audi Nines to surprising new aesthetic heights. This stunning blend of function and art is currently under construction in Crans-Montana, Valais, Switzerland, where the closed-to-the-public event will take place from 7-10 April 2021.

Since its inception in 2008, visually spectacular course designs have always been a hallmark of the Audi Nines presented by Falken. The event series’ focus on a unique blend of functionality and aesthetics has resulted in some of the most eye-opening creations in the realm of action sports. This year the Audi Nines has collaborated with Audi designer Sebastian Gehwolf, drawing inspiration from his design approach to create one of the most ambitious and breathtaking constructions ever seen in snow.

 

A Design Match Made in Heaven

Feature concepts at the Audi Nines have channeled a wide variety of influences over the years, from medieval architecture (“castles out of snow”) to more recent, science fiction-inspired creations. In 2021, the Audi Nines have collaborated with Sebastian Gehwolf to “hack” the setup and introduce his own vision. The result is a stunning synthesis of function and style that will amaze snowpark fans and design aficionados alike.

“Designing this huge snow construction so that it looks fascinating—drawing the eye to different angles, shapes and curves—was challenging but very rewarding,” says Gehwolf about the process.

Excited by this unique opportunity, Gehwolf saw parallels to his usual work. “When designing a car, there are functional aspects that have priority above aesthetics,” he explains. “Similarly, with a snow feature, it first needs to fulfil the requirement of being a place of progression for the best athletes in the world. But in the end, both a car and a snow feature should be pleasing to the eye.”