Watch: ‘Invisible train’ to hit tracks in Japan by 2018
Tokyo (Japan): Japanese conglomerate Seibu Railway based in Tokorozawa, Saitama, wants to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2018 by launching a new line of speedy commuter train which will enable its passengers to blend into landscape.
Railways department which comes under Seibu Group operates around 180 kilometres of railway networks in Tokyo.
Japanese famous architecture Kazuyo Sejima has been hired to create the new design.
The coaches will be coated with the semi-reflective surface, making it almost invisible.
"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 told the press last week.
History of Kazuyo Sejima indicates that she is specialised in designing buildings which have fluid transition from interior to exterior.
She, along with her partner Ryue Nishizawa, has been awarded with Pritzker Prize.
Pritzker Prize is awarded to those people who have unique talent, vision and commitment.
But, the new project will be a challenge for her as he has never designed a train before.
According to Sejima’s claims, the interior of the train will be built like a living room so that the passengers can relax and have a soothing experience while travelling.