News - 18 January 2022

Future of European Travel with Hardt Hyperloop

From Berlin to Amsterdam in 55 minutes, the future of travel within Europe will be faster, more sustainable and comfortable with the Hardt Hyperloop.

In the face of a changing climate, finding an alternative to air travel is an imperative, but global urbanisation, population growth and urgent environmental concerns have created infrastructural challenges that cannot be resolved with our current modes of transport.

The Hardt Hyperloop presents a high-speed, sustainable solution to this pressing issue. Imagine replacing a short-haul flight with a 55-minute journey that takes you from the centre of Amsterdam straight to the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of Berlin.

UNStudio designed the vision for the future of European Hyperloop stations, along with a study of how the Hyperloop can incorporate itself into cities and towns of different sizes and contexts.

At speeds between 600 and 1000 km/h, the Hyperloop can travel at the same speed as airplanes, but will deliver users right into the heart of cities, while also connecting them immediately with other forms of sustainable transport.

“Urbanization has created infrastructure challenges that cannot be solved with our current modalities. That’s why we need a sustainable alternative to flying. The Hyperloop provides this alternative, with travelers additionally being offered seamless connections to other transportation modalities in the city centers of existing cities,” says UNStudio founder, Ben van Berkel.

UNStudio’s research, conducted with Hardt Hyperloop, into passenger user experience plays a key role in this transportation solution. With VR technology, we conducted qualitative research on how passengers feel about traveling in a vehicle with just a translucent ceiling, and the results were positive. This trip is recreated in the Hyperloop Experience video, which was produced by Hardt Hyperloop in cooperation with UNStudio and in partnership with Twisted, highlighting what travel with the Hyperloop will look like.

For the Hyperloop Hub buildings, short travel times open up new opportunities for programmes within and around the Hub. By collapsing distances between producer and consumer, we can create shorter food supply chains, allowing these Hubs to become urban centers for circular and shared economy initiatives.

Read more about the project here.