The Nissan Motor Company has opened a new design studio in London that will be home to around 50 designers, modellers and support staff. Nissan has five other such design studios worldwide.
The central London studio is housed in The Rotunda in Paddington, a former British Rail maintenance depot built in the 1960s that had fallen into disrepair and been unused since the 1980s.
The new offices will combine design resources that were previously located near Munich in Germany and Cranfield in the UK. Nissan has increased its staff by 25% in the process.
The design studio features a purpose-built CAD suite, a presentation room, a showroom, a number of model making machines and a ‘chill out’ zone for relaxation and the sharing of ideas.
Other features include a special lighting system that recreates different types of daylight to assist designers and artists in their work.