THE TALE OF TRAINS
Trains were once a fascinating transport technology. First introduced in 1804, trains allowed people to experience travel in comparative comfort at speeds previously unthinkable. They became imperative vehicles not just for people but also for important cargo that enabled the boom in trade. They also became new ways of experiencing changing landscapes as one travelled.
Nevertheless, human nature is intrinsically inclined to build better technology and therefore the popularity of trains was gradually replaced by planes. Not only did these airborne modes of transport tickle the flying fantasy in humans but they also allowed for faster and more efficient transportation.
Today, however, railways are a considerable investment that still has certain merits compared to planes primarily in cost-effectiveness and cargo transportation.
Thus to repopularise railways for better revenue, many countries around the world are reimagining and recontextualising these modes of transport.
RAIL OF LUXURY
A new and slowly growing approach around the world in reimagining trains is creating luxury trains. These moving hotels are often inspired by the place they transverse. The primary intent is to create comfortable and premium travel experiences that evoke the country’s history and heritage. By being inherently land-bound they also have the advantage of being able to promote tourism across destinations in a continent.
One particular qualm with train travel is that the journeys may be longer and take more time, however, trains also have several advantages in their favour. For example, passengers can experience the local environment, social and economic conditions, and a kaleidoscope of colours during their travels more intimately.
Another significant virtue is that luxury trains have the liberty to be more spacious, unlike places. They can have restaurants, bars, lounges, comfortable sleeping and seating areas and bathrooms.
DESIGN A LUXURY TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Trains are a significant investment to a nation owing to their need for infrastructure and continuous land use throughout the nation to its various destinations. However, trains also pose equally substantial benefits, particularly in terms of economic feasibility and the ease of transportation of cargo. As a result, it may be valuable to consider ways to repopularise trains for tourists.
Brief: For this challenge, you must reimagine and redesign a coach of a luxury train.
The design of the interiors will include planning, lighting, material details and mechanisms inspired by the location theme. Privacy and interaction must be moderated to ensure convenience in travel, for passengers as well as the crew.
The experience should be able to celebrate and promote the cultural and historical heritage of the chosen region but must allow for modern comforts and technology in the journey. The aim is to imagine novel tourism opportunities on movable transportation.
Redesign: How does your outcome exhibit your novel approach to creating luxury coach designs in the given context
Heritage: How does your design outcome celebrate the artistic and cultural heritage of the given context
Comfort: The design must be comfortable and welcoming to individuals who intend to spend long hours in the space during their travel
Upgrade: How does the design allow for opportunities to upgrade with time?
Winner - $6000
Runner Up - $1400 x 6
Honorable Mention - $600 x 12
People's Choice - $600 x 4
Registration ends - 2nd October 2023
Submission ends - 3rd October 2023
Result announcement - 30th November 2023
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