'Invisible' Train Blends Into the Countryside
The new Seibu flagship train cars will have an organic shape and semi-reflective skin designed to mirror the surrounding scenery. Continue reading →
The sleek bullet trains of Japan speed through the landscape in a blur. Starting in 2018, they'll be even more difficult to see.
A firm called the Seibu Group has commissioned renowned Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima to redesign the exterior and interior of the company's Red Arrow commuter train.
The redesign is meant to commemorate the company's 100th anniversary, reports Dezeen.
An initial rendering from Sejima shows a train with rounded lines and a semi-reflective coating that acts like mirror.
According to Sejima, she designed the cars to be soft and blend into the landscape.
The award-winning architect has gained reputation for designing buildings, but she took on the train project because it was an opportunity to work with a object made to move through different environments, reports Fast Co Design.
For the inside of the train, Sejima envisions a relaxing, living-room type setting.
Only a limited number of express-route trains will feature Sejima's designs.
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