Dutch architectural company UNStudio has presented an initial design for the ‘Station of the Future’ at the first edition of HyperSummit, organised by Hardt Hyperloop in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
At the event, Hardt Hyperloop also shared the results of the Amsterdam-Frankfurt kick-off study. Royal Schiphol Group announced the launch of a joint study into the feasibility and applicability of a European hyperloop connection.
The first edition of the HyperSummit focussed on urgency, research and collaboration.
UNStudio founder and principal architect Ben van Berkel said: “The hyperloop is not only a realistic and viable alternative to flying, it is going to revolutionise travel.
“It will provide extremely fast direct connections between cities, enabling completely new ways of working and spending our leisure time, which in turn will lead to a multitude of economic, environmental and knowledge exchange benefits.”
According to research, a hyperloop will take 50 minutes to complete a 450km trip on the Amsterdam-Frankfurt route, with seven intermediate stations. A regular transport will take four hours for this journey.
As hyperloop will use technology powered by solar panels, it will not produce sound or environmental emissions and can provide energy to power itself.
UNStudio’s Futures Team joined the Hardt Hyperloop Implementation Programme to create a vision for the urban integration of the hyperloop in cities and towns and in locations within these cities.
UNStudio’s vision for the hyperloop stations focused on connected modularity. A modular design framework organises and connects all parts, from platforms to functional spaces and to the roof, which extends out over the transfer hubs.
Furthermore, hyperloop stations can also act as batteries for solar energy produced, as surplus energy can be used to power autonomous vehicles, buses and bicycles.
Travelling at speeds between 600 km/h and 1,000km/h, the hyperloop offers fast transport of humans and goods. Stations can include on-demand workspaces, markets for super-fresh, high quality food, picked or caught elsewhere the same day, and even accommodate emergency medical services.
Several other organisations also presented their vision on the future of hyperloop in Europe.
Image: Hardt Hyperloop Station. Photo: courtesy of Hardt B.V.