Subway of the Future: Metro Inspiro by BMW and Siemens
The design team behind the Metro Inspiro had to consider the increased demands on travel comfort and spatial perception, optimise transport capacities and provide regional public transportation services with additional possibilities for individualisation.
“When competing with each other, towns and cities will secure advantages through the quality of their transportation systems. The possibilities for megacities to combine mobility with the interests of the public is the most crucial task when designing mobility,” stated Laurenz Schaffer, President of DesignworksUSA.
The interior is built around the innovative handrail concept “Light-Tree”, with a large number of smaller rails protruding from a tree-like structure, creating ample space for passengers to hold on. Moreover, new surface textures ensure firm and secure grip.
The handrails also become atmospheric pools of light within the interior of the train. The special light control, which emits light in changing colours, let the interior of the metro adapt to daytime light conditions.
Other highlights of the Metro Inspiro project include wide entry and exit areas, wide doors, improved acoustics through the use of Cork Blend floor insulation and a sophisticated lightweight seat concept, with operators being able to choose between contrasting moulded wood and fresh color concepts.
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