“Invisible” Train: The future of travel


Award-winning architect kazuyo Sejima has created a design of an almost invisible train which is believed to be scheduled in Tokyo in 2018.

The design made by Sejima is a reflective train to accompany with changing surroundings. This means that as the Japanese commuter train moves, it will automatically blend into changing scenery whether it’s traveling through the city or country side. This happens all because of the semi-reflective and semi-transparent materials.

As said by Sejima, “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”

One of the Japan’s leading architect, Sejima established SANAA architecture firm in 1995 with Ryue Nishizawa. His company is well known for its use of light and space and also owns a Seibu Railways which runs around Tokyo and Saitama prefectures. On 100th anniversary of Seibu Group, Sejima was commissioned to create a design of such a nearly invisible train.

Sejima and Nishizawa keep exploring the phenomenal properties of continuous space, transparency, lightness and materials to create a delicate synthesis. They both were both honored by Pritzker Architecture Prize laureates in 2010 which is considered as highest architecture’s honor.