It’s the next best thing to wearing the ‘invisibility cloak’. If you want a magical ride, you couldn’t do better than to board an invisible train, but you’ll have to catch a plane to Tokyo first.
Award-winning Japanese architect Kayuzo Sejima, has come up with the design for a fast-moving commuter train using semi-reflective, semi-transparent materials that will make it ‘blend’ into the landscape. Whether travelling through urban towns or natural countryside, the speedy locomotive will be barely discernible from the scenery.
The Seibu Group, which owns Japan’s Seibu Railways, has commissioned the invisible train to celebrate its centenary.
Kayuzo Sejima is co-founder of the SANAA architecture firm, which is famous for incorporating light and space in innovative ways into its designs. Some of the firm’s notable projects around the world are the Serpentine Pavilion in London, the Rolex Learning Centre in Laussane, Switzerland and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York.
The ‘invisible train’ is scheduled to debut in Tokyo in 2018, and will be running to and from the mountain region of Chichibu to the capital city, giving riders the opportunity, while barely being noticed, to ‘mingle’ with a variety of landscapes.