Architecture Design Competition ‘Cease Speed’ Launched by UNI – Focuses on Hyperloop Station Design.

A Hyperloop Station Design Competition for the Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop corridor.

 Transport Systems in cities (Credits-Nick Fewings)

Humans have always attempted to find convenience, to make lives better and easier. Hence we have striven to compress time and space from city to city. As time passed networks started coming up and train stations also evolved from basic sheds to buildings of prominence. Cities thrived around these stations, main city centers were shifted near stations to function easily.Over the years, this evolution of transport constantly ran parallel with the evolution of technology. Train transport has changed rapidly from electric locomotives to high-speed rails, and stations from a place to leave to a  place to be. 

The introduction of innovation that enhances life while taking responsibility for its impact, have worked wonders. In July 2012, several firms unveiled their vision of the new transport system, a ‘Hyperloop’. A system that would never crash and would be immune to weather’s vagaries. Said to be safer than cars, faster than trains, and less damaging to the environment than aircraft, hyperloop technology is quickly gaining traction. 

Hyperloop engineering promises to set up supersonic travel. Since 2014, the technology is planned to establish its roots in major cities worldwide. Since then the technology is under test and evolving with time. In 2020, it crossed its first milestone of carrying human passengers in ultra-fast pods, bringing it close to reality. However, the construction complexity of this system is still under resolution, so it may take a few more years for the system to be established.

Hyperloop concept

So, with the technology on its way, how will the nearby future of train travel look like?

This competition invites participants to Envision a train station based on the upcoming hyperloop technology. UNI has organized the competition that calls students and professionals from all around the world to reinvent the visual form experience of a train station with the future possibilities in the construction and materials industry.

The station will aim and function as arriving and departure points for the hyperloop pods. The focus is not on the technicality of the hyperloop system/pods but spatial functioning and design conceptualization of the station.

Proposed Hyperloop Station (Credits-UN Studio)

Design objectives:

Integration and Adaptation: How will it adapt to the existing transport infrastructure and public transportation?  

Technologies: What are the possible public technologies that will evolve with the hyperloop system? 

Form and structure: Reinvent the visual form experience of a train station with the future possibilities in the construction and materials industry. 

Spaces: What new spaces can be added to the existing typology? 

Plenty of prizes to be won!

The top three designs shall be awarded with cash prizes of $ 6000 (winner); $ 1400 X 6 (runner-up); and $ 600 X 4 (people’s choice) and the special mentions shall be awarded with $ 600 X 12.

To learn more about the competition click here.

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