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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  • notdaniela
    notdanielaSaturday, February 20, 2021 at 8:40 am
    wow! :o
    • unicorn87
      unicorn87Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 3:18 pm
      wow! it doesn't seen that invisible to me, but it is clear, of course. Very Cool
      • linklegend2021
        linklegend2021Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 1:19 pm
        Omg a train that no-one can see I want one of those
        • 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
            • sky_dragon
              sky_dragonWednesday, 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
                    • starlord_luvr
                      starlord_luvrMonday, December 30, 2019 at 1:41 pm
                      I like trains!!! LOL
                      • starlord_luvr
                        starlord_luvrWednesday, February 3, 2021 at 11:25 am
                        I know this was a year ago I admit I was really weird