bon voyage!

if you consider that this project has been submitted for the international ideas competition “life at the speed of rail” organised by the Van Alen Institute and partly funded by the Department of Cultural Affairs of New York City, the proposal by new york based Tiago Barros might be the least suitable…

“passing cloud” was not one of the winning proposals but it carries some greate ideas and portrays a vision that most likely each of us had in mind at some point in life. sitting on top of cloud…
the new vision of travelling, which is basically on a huge nylon-covered balloon completely inverts the currently prevailing idea of travelling – one that usually includes a fixed destination and an estimated arrival time. here you have no influence whatsoever on these aspects of travelling – no fixed time of arrival or place for arrival which makes the actual journey the essence.
Predominant winds would determine the routes and speed of the hovering cloud, which would move from place
to place without any fixed destinations. Passengers would board the cloud using ladders and would simply sit on the surface during travel.

The Passing Cloud is an innovative and environmentally friendly method of transportation that doesn’t require
expensive steel tracks or concrete highways. It is made of a series of spherical balloons that form the shape of a
cloud. Its inner stainless steel structure is covered with heavy weight tensile nylon fabric. During the journey, It
moves according to prevailing winds speed and direction at the time of travel. Since it moves with the wind, no
wind is ever felt during the trip, offering the passengers a full “floating sensation”.

bon voyage!

as seen on dezeen.com