The three finalists in the RIBA competition to design the train carriage of the future have been announced
German architect Andreas Vogler has been chosen alongside product designers 42 Technology and Priestman Goode as finalists in the competition to design a new train carriage.
The three finalists were chosen from a shortlist of ten which included Japan-based practice Nikken Sekkei.
The three schemes
Adaptable Carriage – 42 Technology
The concept is a flexible-purpose carriage which is achieved through automatic moving seating. The seat enables flexibility of orientation as a seat and a perch, forward and rear facing as well as stowed away.
Horizon – Priestman Goode
The design includes a developing seating concept that can flex between peak and off peak periods to offer a standard seat during off peak to a commuter seat in peak hours, which allows firstly greater capacity but also offers an enhanced environment with table, power and connections for working whilst in commuter mode.
Aeroliner 3000 – Andreas Vogler with the German Aerospace Center DLR
AEROLINER 3000 follows the consequent application of light weight thinking into the train world. The development of a combination of many singular elements concerning aerodynamics, locomotion, structure, interactive control systems and even passenger psychology will be orchestrated under the umbrella of a modern design and engineering culture informed by consequent lightweight thinking.
The firms will now receive a share of £2.2 million in funding to develop their ideas.
David Clarke, RSSB director of innovation, said: ‘The Tomorrow’s Train Design Today Competition produced some very high quality proposals which are targeted at improving the rail sector and help to achieve the goals of the Rail Technology Strategy’.
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