Zaha Hadid Architects to Design Hyperloop for ItalyJune 14, 2021
On the account of the architectural bureau founded by Zaha Hadid, the National Museum of Art in Rome, the Opera House in Guangzhou and the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku. Another project will be the development of a design for a new type of transport – a system of trains rushing through the pipeline at speeds of up to 1200 km / h. Such roads are planned to be built in Saudi Arabia, USA, Holland, Canada, and now in Italy.
Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has signed an agreement with Hyperloop Italia to design the Hyperloop transportation system, New Atlas reports. The plans are still vague, and representatives of the architectural bureau have not yet revealed which part of the project they were entrusted with: carriages, stations or infrastructure.
Also, there is no exact information about the timing and location of construction. However, earlier Hyperloop Italia talked about the possibility of connecting the high-speed road of Milan and Malpensa airport, the largest in the city. This would reduce the travel time from 40 minutes to ten.
In fact, the Italian Hyperloop does not differ from other similar projects around the world and consists of two elements: a low-pressure pipeline in which freight and passenger maglev cars 20 m long and 2.7 m in diameter are moving.At the same time, theoretically, their speed can reach 1200 km / h – although the real speed will be significantly lower.
Energy should come from renewable sources, for example, solar power plants, plus something will be provided by the regenerative braking system. ZHA claims that Hyperloop Italia will have even more energy than it needs.
The choice of ZHA as a designer seems quite reasonable – the bureau has always been considered cutting edge in terms of using bold, experimental approaches to architecture and applying high-tech construction methods. The bureau also has experience in creating projects for railway stations: one has already been built near Naples (Italy), three more are on the way: in Estonia, Norway and Russia, where they were instructed to design the Klenovy Boulevard 2 metro station for the Moscow metro.
One of the developers of the Hyperloop technology, Virgin Hyperloop, showed a promotional video of the trip in a new mode of transport from the passengers’ point of view. The latest prototype capsule will feature wireless charging, a skylight, translucent windows and LED information displays in the backrests.
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