This is a great example of great, green design for the lucky masses of London.
As a result of a tie in the Design a Bus competition, global architecture heavyweight Foster + Partners is teaming up with legendary car producer Aston Martin to give the ubiquitous red double decker a make-over for the next century. This stylish new iteration runs on electric motors in the wheel hubs for now, but has an engine that is designed to be replaced easily when fuel-cell technologies are available in the near future. The floors are lower, allowing for easier access. The turning radius is tighter compared to its clunky predecessor’s. Skylights allow daylight into the cabins and also recharge photovoltaic batteries. The new up-styled buses will of course feature reconstituted leather seats and recycled wood flooring when they hit the streets in 2011.
I would so willingly be stuck in one of these beauties in London rush hour!
Via Fast Company.