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Uli Huber, Ulrich Reinert & Dietmar Schwarz



Product Design, Market


'NExT', low-floor express multiple-unit train
Uli Huber Architekt BSA SIA SWB
Regionalverkehr Bern-Solothurn RBS
Stadler Altenrhein AG





The design of the new low-floor express multiple-unit train 'NExT' of Regionalverkehr Bern-Solothurn 'RBS' – Regional Transport Berne-Solothurn – is consi­stently aimed at user-friendliness and quality of the working space. Generous spatial dimensions, a clear and unassuming formal idiom and numerous useful solutions on the level of detail all contribute to making a trip in this local transport train as pleasant an experience as possible. The large size of the ­windows gives the compartment a bright and friendly atmosphere, while at the same time offering panoramic views. The large front plate lends the train elegance, but consciously avoids making a pseudodynamic impression – which in view of the moderate peak speeds of a regional train would have been out of place.  

Comment by the nominators:
A pleasantly unpretentious design approach, resulting in an independent and at the same time wholly appropriate aesthetic solution which owes its appeal to a high degree of user-friendliness.