tiago barros: passing cloud
tiago barros: passing cloud tiago barros: passing cloud
oct 17, 2011

tiago barros: passing cloud

‘passing cloud’ concept by tiago barros

the ‘passing cloud‘ concept by portuguese-born, new york -based architect tiago barros rethinks the nature of travel, envisioning a public transport vehicle that lacks a particular destination, returning a level of importance to the act of traveling itself.

the ‘cloud’ in barros’s concept is itself is composed of a a series of spherical balloons, framed within a steel skeleton around which nylon is stretched. its route and speed during voyage is determined by prevailing winds. passengers mount and descend the ‘cloud’ when it is docked using ladders, and simply sit atop it during travel.

barros submitted the proposal to the ‘life at the speed of rail‘ international ideas competition by the van alen institute. with the call for entries, the nonprofit think tank, which works in the the field of public architectural design, sought design solutions for a high-speed rail system. the competition was partially funded by the department of cultural affairs of new york city.

use-case concept rendering

design concept



  • Why isn’t this stupid? =)

    Q says:
  • HA! I did a project exactly like this when I was an architecture freshman, my professor accused me of being a perv!

    rasha says:
  • a great rail response… always on the verge of what’s illogic…. obviously for me it should have won!!! or not….

    k says:
  • passengers “just sit atop during travel”


    dbkii says:
  • Oh dear. What about “wind shear”? Won’t we all just fall off when this lovely cloud train flips over?
    But I must say I’d be one of the first to hop aboard. Too invitingly dreamlike to withstand any logical resistance.

    ElegantEphelba says:
  • Passing Cloud?
    Smells more like passing Gas.
    Isn’t there something better for you to do with your time like organizing your socks drawer?

    rcvs1 says:
  • impossible to take place in the real world, so insecure, we really need useful designs for new means of transportation, please stop waisting resources and time on this sort of artifacts

    IMC says:
  • this is the dream that i wanna be real…..i realy like it….and i hope this will become on a fact when have not space on earth…….

    ELN says:
  • I konw this guy! é uma elezuraaaaaaaaaaaaa

    Miguel says:
  • É uma ideia romântica…seria como viver em Asas do Desejo’Wenders…muito além das nuvens. Aquele ponto de observação que todos adoramos “vôo de pássaro”.
    Mas viajar ou morar ao sabor do vento com furacões anuais em todos os continentes, quem ousa “flanar” por aí no espaço? dá pra considerar mesmo viável?

    eli says:
  • nice! [url=http://www.airventureballooning.be]ballooning[/url] in the future! 🙂

    L says:

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