“station of the future” -Amsterdam to Frankfurt in 53 minutes


The UNStudio Futures Team presented its vision for the “Station of the Future” at the first edition of HyperSummit, which took place in Utrecht, the Netherlands on September 13, 2018. It was organised by Hardt Hyperloop.


Transfer Hubs – the Stations of the Future

UNStudio’s Futures Team partnered with Hardt Hyperloop to create a vision for the urban integration of the hyperloop in cities and towns of different sizes and in different locations within these cities: city-centres, borders or adjoining an infrastructure hub, such as an airport.




Unlocking new functions through speed

The hyperloop offers to fulfil a dual purpose, for the fast transport of humans and goods alike. At speeds between 600 and 1000 km/h – it can travel at the same speed as airplanes but deliver passengers to the heart of cities. This means that the stations themselves can be programmed around the benefits of speed, incorporating on-demand workspaces, markets for fresh food, picked or caught elsewhere the  same day and even accommodating emergency medical services where time is a crucial factor in saving lives.


Hardt is a European technology company that specialises in hyperloop. The company is creating technologies that challenge time and distance and remove physical boundaries. “A world where you can go and be with everyone and everything you care about. A world where distance does not matter.” Tim Houter, CEO of Hardt Hyperloop said: ‘We are extremely proud that the movement focussing on the hyperloop developments keeps growing. This event today once again proves that collaboration holds the key.”


Ben van Berkel, UNStudio commented: “The hyperloop is not only a realistic and viable alternative to flying, it is going to revolutionise travel. It will provide extremely fast direct connections between cities, enabling completely new ways of working and spending our leisure time, which in turn will lead to a multitude of economic, environmental and knowledge exchange benefits.”


100 percent electric system

Using technology powered by solar panels, hyperloop will produce no sound or environmental emissions and can provide the necessary energy to power itself. It will be the first ever 100% electric transport system that can safely transport a high volume of passengers from city to city at unprecedented speeds and journey times.



A power source for a region

Hyperloop stations can also act as a batteries for solar energy produced, not only by the station itself, but also along the network. Surplus energy can be used to power the autonomous vehicles, buses and bicycles which passengers can switch to in order to complete their journey.


Modularity and connectivity at all scales

Commitment to connected modularity is at the core of the hyperloop system. It also forms the basis of UNStudio’s vision for the hyperloop stations. From platforms to functional spaces and to the roof which extends out over the transfer hubs, a modular design framework organises and connects all parts.



Hardt Hyperloop also shared the results of the Amsterdam-Frankfurt kick-off study and Royal Schiphol Group announced the launch of a joint research study into the feasibility and applicability of a hyperloop connection.


Amsterdam to Frankfurt in 53 minutes

The research revealed among other things that an Amsterdam-Frankfurt route is 450 kilometres long and that the journey, with seven intermediate stations, would take around 53 minutes. This stands in sharp contrast to the four hours it would take using regular transport. This route alone could serve more than 4.3 million residents and the hyperloop could carry more than 48 million passengers annually. The hyperloop would provide a sustainable alternative for the approximately two million airline passengers annually – saving 83,690 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.



Source: UNStudio ( including pictures) and Hardt Hyperloop