By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer
For over a century, skyscrapers have risen high above major cities, transporting people upwards on elevators to dizzying heights. However, if UK-based architects Christopher Christophi and Lucas Mazarrasa have their way, they’ll be sending people to the ground on high-speed trains!
Yep, in order to reduce the amount of land used for normal train stations, the designers believe vertical train structures are the future of transportation.
After all, as the human population continues growing by around 80 million people a year, there will be less and less space to build new homes and businesses. Not only that, but increased traffic on the streets and highways would make the convenient public transportation of vertical trains a big win.
The designers call their concept the Vertical Hyper-Speed Train Hub, and they see them being used in mega skyscrapers as high as the Empire State Building (which stands at 1,250 feet). The vehicles would move magnetically upwards and downwards, and the seats would be like Ferris wheels in keeping people facing the right direction.
Then, if these hubs are connected to underground railways, there will be even more space available aboveground for other purposes, like parks, schools, and sidewalks.
Images courtesy of Christopher Christophi and Lucas Mazarrasa.