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Soon, Japan may get its first (sort of) stealth train. The newly-designed vehicle comes with a mirror-like shell designed to make it blend in with its environment, acting like a low-tech cloaking device.

The design by Kazuyo Sejima is expected to go into production in 2018 and was created to more seamlessly blend into the landscape, in contrast to the brighter colored trains dotting the railways of Japan. It's nice on the inside as well. The cabin interiors have been compared to a "living room," which most Amtrak passengers might be just a tad jealous of.

Architect Kazuyo Sejima has unveiled her design for a Japanese commuter train with semi-transparent and mirrored surfaces designed to help it blend in with the surrounding landscape.

Sejima – a Pritzker Prize laureate best known for her work with Japanese firm SANAA – was commissioned by the Seibu Group to design a train for the company's 100th anniversary.

The Japanese architect will redesign both the exterior and interior of the company's Red Arrow commuter train.

An initial rendering shows a semi-reflective surface covering the exterior of the train – something which the architect claimed had "never been seen before now."

Inside, Seibu said the aim was to make the carriages feel like a "living room", so that passengers can relax whilst travelling. Her design will be rolled out on a limited number of express-route trains, and is expected to go into service in 2018. Seibu Group said that the train would be the first designed by Sejima, and that the design aimed to be "soft" and "blend into the landscape".

 

Source: Dezeen Magazine

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Kazuyo Sejima

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Kazuyo Sejima (妹島 和世 Sejima Kazuyo, born 29 October 1956) is a Japanese architect. She is known for designs with clean modernist elements. They usually include slick, clean, and shiny surfaces made of glass, marble, and metals. She also uses squares and cubes, which can be found in her designs in various degrees. Large windows allow natural light to enter a space and create an fluid transition between interior and exterior. It is this connection of two spaces from which she draws her inspiration.

Kazuyo Sejima, along with and Ryue Nishizawa, has worked on several projects in Germany, Switzerland, France, England, the Netherlands, United States, and Spain. Many of their designs like the Rolex Learning Center at EPFL the New Museum in the Bowery District in New York City as well as the Glass Pavilion for the Toledo Museum of Art involve glass and public open space to interact with the world around the architecture. Such design elements can be found abundantly in their designs.