Unforgettable pit stops: Striking cabins that look like elephant trunks to be built along Trans-Siberian railway
- Kamvari Architects won a competition to design the unique cabins, which will be built in early 2018
- The insulated pit stops will be dotted along the 5,772-mile Trans-Siberian railway route providing shelter
- The pods' 'trunks' are set to soar 65 feet in the air and will be prominent landmarks along the railway route
Otherworldly landmarks that soar into the sky like elephants' trunks are set to be built as pit-stop cabins along the Trans-Siberian railway, after the design won a competition.
The triangular pods are the brainchild of London-based design studio Kamvari Architects, which came up with the unique concept for the world's longest railway line.
The wooden gabled cabins rise 65 feet high and will be dotted along the 5,772-mile route providing sheltered kiosks to train passengers.
The gabled cabins rise 65 feet high and will be dotted along the 5,772-mile route, providing sheltered kiosks to train passengers
The design studio behind the proposal said: 'The building forms seek to express the speed of the train versus the stillness of the stations. Creating a timeless and calm interior which reflects local traditions and values'
Taking inspiration from traditional woodwork designs and combining it with a simple, homely aesthetic inside, the studio explained the proposal.
It said: 'The building form seeks to express the speed of the train versus the stillness of the stations, creating a timeless and calm interior which reflects local traditions and values.'
The team added: 'The strong silhouette takes inspiration from local building forms, ensuring that the design delivers a new vision but still maintains a link to the locality.'
The triangular pods are the brainchild of London-based design studio Kamvari Architects, which came up with the unique concept for the world's longest railway line
The team added: 'The strong silhouette takes inspiration from local building forms, ensuring that the design delivers a new vision but still maintains a link to the locality'
The base of the cabin will rest on a 20 by 26ft-square base to insulate the structure.
The funnel condenses air 'minimising the need for heating and cooling', according to the design.
The contest was run by architecture competition organisers, Bee Breeders.
The judges explained their choice: 'The winning project stood out for its unique combination of traditional forms of architecture and the dynamic nature of the railway.'
Five of the cabins are set to be built in early 2018.
The Trans-Siberian railway, which turned 100-years-old this year, connects Moscow with Vladivostock
The new wooden cabins have been praised for respecting the design legacy of the historic railway line
The Trans-Siberian railway, which turned 100 this year, connects Moscow with Vladivostock. There are also branches that link to Mongolia and China.
Last month, MailOnline reported that a new Japanese plan envisages extending the Trans-Siberian railway, potentially allowing passengers to travel all the way from London to Tokyo by train - a distance of 6,000 miles.
The new link would bypass Vladivostok, currently the final stop on the world famous route, with a four-mile bridge or tunnel linking the city of Khabarovsk to the Russian Pacific island of Sakhalin.
From here the new rail connection would cross to the northerly Japanese island of Hokkaido, requiring a 26-mile tunnel.
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