SNC-Lavalin, one of the world’s leading groups of engineering and construction companies contacted MBD Design to study the Puy-de-Dôme’s summit’s train design.
Following the Conseil Général du Puy de Dôme’s initiative, this project will modify the access to the volcano’s summit with a rack railway using electrical energy. Once in place, it will allow to stop the current road access.
This ecological solution will reinforce the site tourist attraction allowing its opening all year long.
Considering the sharp inclines on the way to the summit, the vehicles choice felt on a rack railway manufactured by Stadler. On the basis of an existing rolling stock, the Agency works on the front end shape as well as on the interior design and layout. The train will be accessible to people with reduced mobility as well as to those fond of sports. There will be space to bring their hang gliding and bicycles to the summit.
Based on the particular volcano environment as well as on the special needs for its future users, MBD develops different proposals for the exterior design. For the livery, the Agency found inspiration in the green nature and the volcano. The interior uses noble and natural materials such as wood. The passengers’ visual comfort is secured by the use of a sun visor made of perforated steel and decorated with flowery graphics. Some dedicated areas equipped with stools will welcome both the schoolboys and the athletics with their equipments.
These proposals will be submitted to the local population vote.
The first trip should take place in June 2012.
Rotem, KTX II
The internationally renowned railways manufacturer ROTEM has been chosen by the Korean operator Korail to build the new high speed train KTX II which will link Seoul to Mokpo.
The styling and design creative research has been awarded to MBD Design. The objective was to consider some Korean cultural elements while proposing an international modern design.
he outside look expresses aero dynamism and speed while the volumes remind of aquatic and animals shapes very present in the Korean culture.
The inside overall appearance emphasizes the local users travelling habits: indirect lights, rotating seats, passengers’ privacy.
Colours and patterns have been selected in respect of their significations in the travellers’ collective imagination. The use of wooden linings and tinted glasses in particular refer to the world of luxury as it is seen in the country.
All the graphics used for the outside livery and for the inside materials (seats, floor, side walls) are inspired from signs found in the local Korean culture.
It took almost a year and it needed a closed collaboration to finalize a project which gathers a 85% satisfaction rate among the Korean population.