This incredible train, which, as if, comes out straight out from Hunger Games, has been designed by famous Japanese architect, Kazuyo Sajama. This train blends perfectly into the surrounding landscape which makes it practically invisible to onlookers. This chameleonic train is made of super-reflecting materials which enables it to camouflage itself in both urban and rural backdrops.
Seijima was appointed to design the train on behalf of Seibu Railway Company. This company is already having commuter trains operating around Tokyo. The latest chameleonic train has been developed to mark company’s 100th anniversary celebrations during 2018.
‘”The limited express travels in a variety of different sceneries, from the mountains of Chichibu to the middle of Tokyo, and I thought it would be good if the train could gently co-exist with this variety of scenery.” Sejima mentioned in Seibu’s official press release:
“I also would like it to be a limited express 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.’”
Nature, for Japan, is an important aspect and they have been trying out designs that blend well with nature. Railway was one of those target segments where blending with nature was always wanted.
Seibu Railway Co still has some serious issues to be sorted out with regards to the latest chameleonic train. They will achieve the visual blending of the train with the environment but still, real life issues of emissions, sound pollution and railway construction will have to addressed efficiently in order to project them as a company really concerned about the nature!
Till then, let’s just hope that the invisible train leaves enough visual footprint so that people are aware about when the train is moving and where the tracks are!
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