In commemoration of the company’s 100th anniversary, Japanese rail operator, Seibu, recently unveiled a new commuter train designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Kazuyo Sejima. Sejima is a founding partner in the Tokyo-based firm SANAA, which has started branching out beyond buildings. She recently designed a neat and multi-functional bag for Prada.
One of the key features of the “Laview” commuter train is its unusually large 1.35m x 1.58m windows. They’re designed to maximize views, as this particular route travels from the city and into the mountains. It’s a simple design move, but it’s one I have never seen before. The overall result is quite beautiful and it goes to show you just how much the Japanese value train travel.