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.
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.