Immense and dusty expanses surrounded by reddish rocks and swept by fierce winds.
In a world that seems to have domesticated all mysticism, the deserts represents the last place where fragments of mystery are preserved. As a matter of fact, there is an insane fascination in what is hidden, a hint of sweetness in what is fatal for us; but if the desert represents the inaccessible and fatal place par excellence, it is to the desert that we must look to see the dawn of a new chapter in the history of mankind.
In the heart of the Nevada desert, a few kilometers away from Las Vegas, the first test center of Hyperloop - the futuristic means of transport that will connect cities and nations at a much-higher speed than planes - has been created. This technology has needed the desert’s spaces and isolation to grow and consolidate, but has advanced to the point that it requires a more-advanced testing and study center, where the brightest minds on the planet can collaborate to define practices and methodologies that can transform today's visions into tomorrow's reality. For this reason, Hyperloop needs to expand its test center: this is why YAC is pleased to present Hyperloop Desert Campus.
Lost in the American desert, among the salt basins and millenial desolations where the steam of the ancient locomotives were first hosted, architects will be asked to shape the most recent dreams of innovation and speed through an iconic building located in one of the most majestic and suggestive contexts on the planet.
This will be the place where the history of mankind will be written.
The new Hyperloop campus will not be a mere building, but rather a real sanctuary of science, a place where the impossible becomes possible, where it will be possible to celebrate the ancient and always-renewed race towards the most heartfelt and irredeemable ambition of our species: progress.
YAC thanks the designers who will take on this challenge.
Kwang Hoon Lee, Sungchan Kim, Woowon Chung, Suk Lee, Hyemin Gu
Cristina Guja, Daniela Popescu, Alexandru Pavel
Paolo Antonio Zurk
Jiawen Huang, YU HENG LIM, Bao Yu Tan
Sebastián González Franco, Hector Manuel Ospina Restrepo, Mateo Marin Mejía, Nancy Vanesa Acevedo
Yi Liang, Chuqi Huang, Xuanyi Chen
Egzon Feka, Enes Sever, Engin Akkan
Julita Banaszak, Jakub Kruk, Jerzy Sroka
JongSeung Lee, EunBi Ko, HanSeo So, TaeIn Park, SeungHak Heo, SeongHo Lee, Seonguk Choi
Mehmet Altunbay, Marco Hadijyski
Manuel Eduardo Lopez Delprato, Florencia Lucia Ruiz, Francisco Javier Hinojosa Medina
Eirini Dimou, Fay Charla
Abdallah Lamiri, Antoine Servant
Romain Bonino / Maxime Richaud
Romain Bonino, Maxime Richaud
Adrian Vieza, Angelo Antonucci
PRE / BER
Michele Prendini, Davide Bertin
Ben van Berkel
Erginoglu Çalışlar Architects
Foster + Partners
OUALALOU + CHOI
Oppenheim Architecture + Design
Studio Italo Rota