Japan's New Train Will Be "Invisible"


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Maglev Train ( Photo Credit : By Saruno Hirobano via Wikimedia Commons

Japan is famous for its state-of-the-art high-speed railway system. In 2015, its Magnetic Levitation or Maglev train, which gets its name because it hovers 10 cm above the tracks, set a new speed world record of 375 mph (603km/hr). Now the innovative island nation wants to build a train that features a mirror-like exterior and blends in so well with the environment, that it will be practically "invisible."

The train, which is expected to be ready by 2018, is being built by Seibu Railway to commemorate the company's 100th anniversary. It is the brainchild of famous Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima. The winner of the prestigious 2010 Pritzker Architecture Award, says she is excited at the prospect of creating something that will move through different environments, as opposed to designing a stationary building.

A rendering of architect Kazuyo Sejima’s design for a new express train in Japan (Photo Credit SANAA architects)

The idea of developing something that will reflect the surrounding scenery is particularly exciting given that the train's 111-mile route through Japan goes through a varied landscape ranging from the mountains of Chichibu to the tall skyscrapers of Tokyo.

While the exterior of the train is slick and ultramodern, don't expect the interior to be as stark. The architect wants it to be a place "where large numbers of people can all relax in comfort, in their own way, like a living room, so that they think to themselves 'I look forward to riding that train again.'" We have a feeling that attracting passengers to ride aboard this radical "invisible" train will not be an issue!

Resources:fastcodesign.com, architectural digest.com, the guardian.com

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  • derwin585
    derwin585Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 5:53 pm
    How absurd !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • ploopy
      ploopyTuesday, November 17, 2020 at 12:21 pm
      i will drive them when i grow up
      • fantasy_book
        fantasy_bookWednesday, October 21, 2020 at 1:01 am
        Wow!That is super cool!
        • lolatheute
          lolatheuteMonday, June 1, 2020 at 6:41 am
          • iamgood
            iamgoodSunday, May 31, 2020 at 5:25 pm
            Wow, I'm into trains
            • octopus1234
              octopus1234Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 9:50 am
              • lpsbrooklyn11
                lpsbrooklyn11Monday, December 30, 2019 at 1:41 pm
                I like trains!!! LOL
                • lunathewolf
                  lunathewolfMonday, June 10, 2019 at 7:37 am
                  • AgastyaMonday, April 15, 2019 at 6:44 am
                    Its nice.
                    • AgastyaMonday, April 15, 2019 at 6:43 am
                      I kind of like the invisible train idea.