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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  • waylonMonday, October 16, 2017 at 10:56 am
    thats cool
    • pokemonrulesFriday, September 29, 2017 at 1:24 pm
      i want to ride on this train
      • bob the builderFriday, September 29, 2017 at 1:13 pm
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          pokemonnnThursday, June 1, 2017 at 7:18 am
          i want to fly and be invisible.
          • lucasoThursday, May 25, 2017 at 9:22 am
            • MadelynTuesday, April 25, 2017 at 8:34 am
              I want to be invisble
              • bekahboo
                bekahbooWednesday, April 19, 2017 at 8:23 am
                go very very very very fast! Follow me!!
                • billyFriday, March 24, 2017 at 9:23 am
                  go FASTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                  • CreepyDudeThursday, March 16, 2017 at 11:36 am
                    Why not people make something like a flying car???That would be so much cooler
                    • CreepyDudeThursday, March 16, 2017 at 11:31 am
                      If the train is LEVITATING ABOVE ITS TRACK how does the levitation stop if the train stops at a station

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