The goal was to start from scratch and design a transportation that creates a way better experience for the passenger. Reduce time, work, delay, congestion, frustration, pollution. Hyperloop One engineering and product teams worked with the award-winning architects and designers at BIG to come up with these, the first conceptual renderings of a Hyperloop One system in the UAE. Below are images that show how seamless our Hyperportals (equivalent to stations or airports) fit into the urban landscape and how roomy and unclaustrophic our autonomous Hyperpods passenger vehicles can be. (See related post, "This Is What A Hyperloop System Could Look Like").
The portal is located prominently in front of the Burj Khalifa, emphasizing Hyperloop’s ability to integrate harmoniously with the built environment. Not only does it offer direct access to the world’s tallest building, but also to the world’s largest shopping mall – the Mall of Dubai.
The design blends seamlessly into its urban setting, and the roof of the portal mirrors the circular terraces of the interior. The circles become clerestories and filter the daylight that enters the portal.
Upon entering the portal, travelers can see all of the departing pods at once, a reminder that people are at the center of the network. The circular departure terraces form a visually inspiring arena with a green oasis at the center of the building.
The Control Center monitors all pod and tube conditions and activity in the regional or city Hyperloop network in real-time and is simultaneously a window into the real world.
The Etihad Towers Portal is, in essence, a gigantic pedestrian bridge wrapping over and around the busy intersection between Abu Dhabi’s landmark and the Emirates Palace hotel. Its loop-like shape is a literal extension of the transport tube that emerges from a tunnel beneath the city.
The pods move in a single lane on the outside of the portal and dock into translucent-walled gates (left side). The inside façade of the ring (right) is fully glazed, creating a strong visual connection for travelers upon arrival at their destination.
The ring shaped portal spans over its busy intersection at three locations. Three massive cores offer access from the Corniche Road level and allow the structure to suspend column-free from one side of the street to the other, allowing for the free flow of traffic beneath.
The “Group” configuration allows small teams to interact and even work during the Hyperloop trip. The herringbone bench angles the passengers slightly in the direction of travel during acceleration phases, but allows them to turn around and socially engage when required.
The “Lounge” pod provides a comfortable environment for people traveling alone. The angle of the seats creates privacy without compartmentalizing the space. Black leather and bent wood create a simple and elegant feel for the interior.