Invisible train design revealed

Minimalist train design by architect Kazuyo Sejima. MUST CREDIT: Courtesy of Seibu Railway Company.

Pritzker Prize winning architect Kazuyo Sejima, renowned for her modernist glass buildings, has designed a train which is almost invisible.

Japanese rail company Seibu had asked her to come up with a train design “like nothing seen before.”

Sejima’s most famous buildings include the Toledo Museum of Art’s Glass Pavilion, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and the Louvre-Lens in France.

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But she had never designed a train before.

“I think the biggest difference with standard architecture is that the train is able to travel a variety of locations,” Sejima.

“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 coexist with this variety of scenery.”

Since commuters will be riding the train, she wanted to make it a relaxing, comfortable place like a living room, “so that they think to themselves ‘I look forward to riding that train again’.”

Like Sejima’s buildings, the design is a minimalist one.

The Asahi Shimbun reported that the trains had been designed with a concept “that softly blends in” with landscapes, and would be round-shaped and have a simple coating without any patterns.

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