Japan has already created speedy bullet trains that move so fast that one cannot see them while moving. But the all-new Invisible Train by award-winning architect Kazuyo Sejima (recipient of the Pritzker, i.e. Nobel Prize of architecture) is meant to camouflage into surrounding, when it’s speeding across Japanese countryside. The commuter train uses semi-reflective and semi-transparent materials that create illusion of invisibility whether the train is standing still or moving.
Sejima was commissioned to design the train for celebrating 100th anniversary of Seibu Group, the company well-known for its hotels and high-speed bullet trains. The architect is renowned for her transparent building designs, but this is for the first time she has added a touch of transparency to a moving train.
Scheduled to hit Japanese railway tracks in 2018, the chameleon-train is created to provide uninterrupted landscape views to the passengers – whether traveling through city or countryside. Sejima said, “The train 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.”
This invisible Seibu train is one-of-a-kind project ever created by Sejima. What’s unique about this appealing train design is that the single object has been designed to travel and blend into different environments while moving. It is the wonderful example of unconventional Japan railways and train services, showing how futuristic modes of transportaion are reimagined to add some fun during the journey.