Designworks teamed up with Virgin Hyperloop One to create the prototype design for their hyperloop capsule.
Designing the interior of the prototype for the Dubai hyperloop passenger capsule, Designworks has taken another step towards shaping the design of future transportation, showing the potential that lies in new modes of mobility. The prototype design, a collaborative project developed by Designworks, Virgin Hyperloop One, and Transport Authority of Dubai was first shown to the public at City Walk Dubai as part of UAE Innovation Month.
Hyperloop is a new mode of transportation that uses magnets to transfer passengers at airline speeds. It is planned to connect Dubai and Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes travel. Offering rapid and safe transport due to the elimination of pilot error and weather hazards, Hyperloop is a promising new concept of autonomous travelling.
Dubai Hyperloop Prototype Design.
Design Inspiration from Traditional Arabic Patterns.
“With the Virgin Hyperloop One design, we wanted to create a new visual expression for a new mode of public transportation,” says Designworks’ LA Studio Design Director, Johannes Lampela. The central challenge the Designworks team faced was how to create a comfortable and engaging interior with no windows and a requirement for passengers to be seated throughout the journey. Designworks took what might, at first glance, be a very restrictive environment and transformed it into a more personal and uplifting sensory experience that can be both memorable and enjoyable. The prototype’s interior design creates a sophisticated user experience through multidirectional and personally-controlled light, digital displays, and premium comfort. It generates an individualized space and transcends the typical utilitarian notion of transportation, making the interior design as unique as the technology itself.
To further enrich the passenger experience, designers took inspiration from traditional Arabic patterns, taking care to create intentional and relatable cultural references while also applying a progressive interpretation. “One of the goals was to create modernity, rooted in the spirit of a place” said Adil Ali, Lead Designer. The design is anchored in cultural legacy, while acknowledging its contemporary achievements and aspirations.