Is this the transport system of the future?
Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) will jointly design the next phase in Hyperloop's high speed, economical and sustainable public transport system
Hyperloop transports passengers at very high speed safely, economically and sustainably. Using passive magnetic levitation technology powered entirely by renewables, Hyperloop propels passenger and cargo capsules through low-pressure tubes to minimise friction, requiring only a fraction of the energy needed to power traditional modes of public transport.
Combining energy from renewable sources with regenerative braking systems makes Hyperloop's infrastructure capable of producing more energy than it consumes. The climate-controlled passenger capsules travel in sealed tubes and remain unaffected by external conditions.
ZHA's partnership with Hyperloop Italia continues the architectural firm's three decades of experience delivering acclaimed civic and cultural buildings such as the MAXXI Museum in Rome and the London 2012 Olympic Aquatics Centre. ZHA has also built award-winning transportation infrastructure across the globe including the Hungerburg Nordpark mountain railway in Austria, Napoli-Afragola high-speed railway station, Beijing Daxing International Airport, and KAFD interchange station of the new Riyadh metro system, in addition to the landmark Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi and the Danjiang Bridge currently under construction near Taipei.
Patrik Schumacher, Principal of ZHA, says the collaboration with Hyperloop Italia will marry transformative architecture, engineering and urban planning with the most efficient and sustainable transport network to significantly improve accessibility, connectivity, and well-being in our cities.
"We share Hyperloop Italia's multidisciplinary approach which combines innovations in design and operational technologies with advances in ecologically sound materials and construction practices; enabling us to deliver future-resilient projects that are spatially inventive, structurally efficient and environmentally sustainable," says Schumacher.
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