Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has signed an agreement with Hyperloop Italia to jointly design its next phase of works that marks a turning point for the future of transport.
Hyperloop will carry passengers at very high speeds. Using passive magnetic levitation technology powered by renewable energy, Hyperloop propels passengers and cargo pods through a low-pressure tube that minimizes friction and consumes a fraction of the energy needed to operate traditional public transportation. Combined with energy from renewable sources and a regenerative braking system, the Hyperloop infrastructure is capable of producing more energy than it consumes. Air-conditioned passenger capsules will fly through a sealed tube and remain unaffected by external conditions.
Zaha Hadid’s partnership with Hyperloop Italia continues its three decades of experience in providing recognized urban and cultural buildings such as the Maxxi Museum in Rome and the Olympic Aquatics Centre in London 2012. ZHA has built award-winning transport infrastructure around the world, including Hungerburg Nordpark Bergbahn in Austria, Napoli Afragola High-Speed Station in Beijing, Daxing International Airport and Kafd Interchange Station on the new subway system in Riyadh, as well as Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi and the Danjiang Bridge under construction in Taipei.
Patrik Schumacher, Principal at ZHA, said:
“We are looking forward to collaborating with Hyperloop Italia; marrying transformative architecture, engineering and urban planning with the most efficient and sustainable transport network to significantly improve accessibility, connectivity, and well-being in our cities. We share Hyperloop Italia’s multidisciplinary approach which combines innovations in design and operational technologies with advances in ecologically sound materials and construction practices, enabling us to deliver future-resilient projects that are spatially inventive, structurally efficient and environmentally sustainable.”
Bibop Gresta, founder and CEO of Hyperloop Italia and co-founder of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT), said:
“This agreement marks another step forward for Hyperloop Italia and the development of the fourth industrial revolution. It confirms the success of the Hyperloop Partnership Program launched last month by Hyperloop Italia to attract the world’s best talent in developing Hyperloop technologies. We are certain that Zaha Hadid Architects is the right partner to allow Hyperloop Italia to promote design excellence in architecture. Their decades of global experience in civic and transport infrastructure will be essential to ensure that Hyperloop Italia’s transport hubs are intuitive to navigate, sustainable and fully integrated within their urban contexts. We are committed to building the most accessible, convenient and safest transportation system in the world using the new generation of environmentally friendly materials with a high recycled content.”
Their decades of global experience in urban transport infrastructure is crucial to ensure that Hyperloop 1’s transport hubs are intuitive to navigate, sustainable and integrated into their urban contexts.
Filippo Innocenti, Director of the ZHA, noted that ZHA designs look to the future with great respect for the environment and our communities.
After months of detailed evaluation, Andrea Minerdo, Director of Hyperloop ITALIA, agreed:
“We have concluded a partnership that defines the bulk of Hyperloop Italia project in the Italian peninsula and connects our communities with fast and efficient transportation technology.”
Gian-Luca Barone, project architect at ZHA and Filippi Innocenti added:
“ZHA has built some of the most famous architectural buildings in the world and as Italians we are proud to work with Hyperloop Italy to provide a transport system for the 21st century for Italy.