Mobility technology leader Bombardier Transportation and the Yellow Window industrial design agency received the Gold Public award at the Van de Velde Award ceremony held January 29th in Brussels. The award recognizes both organizations’ innovative design of the M7 double-deck commuter rail cars being built for Belgium National Railways (SNCB).
Under the direction of acclaimed Belgian industrial designer Axel Enthoven, Yellow Window designed the new Bombardier M7 double-decker train to offer SNCB’s passengers a premium travel experience. As with the M6, passengers will enjoy a noticeably spacious interior area achieved through the use of back-to-back seating and a new LED lighting concept that further emphasizes its sense of space.
The redesigned seats will provide better ergonomic support and include an improved backrest complimented by personal reading lights and large tables that fold away for more space and accessibility. Expanded legroom between the face-to-face seats will improve comfort for passengers sitting opposite each other without reducing the corresponding luggage space. A pair of these new seats were featured in the award ceremony and will be on display until March 24th at Brussel’s BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts.