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Wednesday23 July 2014

Future Systems' London Routemaster bus

Future systems' redesign of the iconic Routemaster bus
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This striking design is Future Systems' vision of how the new London Routemaster bus should look.

TFL's competition to design a new Routemaster was jointly won by Foster & Partners with its update of the classic design, but Future Systems' take offers a space age alternative.

It would be powered by hydrogen for zero carbon monoxide emissions and made of a light weight aluminium semi-monocoque construction with injected insulation.


The design features perimeter seating to maximise space
Credit: Future Systems
The design features perimeter seating to maximise space


There is a widened central aisle for easy movement
Credit: Future Systems
There is a widened central aisle for easy movement

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  • Future systems routemaster : Hate it! I could see myself being travel sick travelling on it. it looks so claustraphobic. the routemaster was great for it's 'openness', this design does the opposite. the whole point of the bus journey is to enjoy the view and get some air, as opposed to the tube! looks like a modern interior of a tube carriage.

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  • It looks like Noddy and Big Ears would be at home here. A nice place to be so long as the top speed is not more than 9mph. OWLarchitecture.com

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  • Can you imagine being on that top deck round South London with someone eating Chicken, someone shouting out loud and a drunk next to you?

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  • Interesting shape, a little bit from a Cartoon (Shreck) and claustrophobic. Needs more windows or another way to study the circle windows.

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  • Why reduce the glazed area to a bare minimum? London is a beautiful, surprising and multifarious city. Taking the bus is always a delight for exactly this reason. Perhaps Jan & Co. envision buses so plastered with advertising, and filled with zombies watching TV on their iPLODS, that windows become redundant, if not a waste of valuable advertising space. This design is a cynical view of future developments of our cultural systems, as well as an insult to the urban landscape which it so blatantly ignores, formally and functionally. If i ever get sick of gazing at London, I'll take the tube! Booo.

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  • cool but dangerously fashinaoble noddy meets well systems. Staring to get a bit bored of thier "ThInG" go systems maybe that is why you are best apart. Move on.

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  • Typical future systems, must have taken them ages to think "hey!...lets make it a blob with circles all over it, never done that before" At least they made the interior yellow to hide the vomit stains when the motion sickness kicks in.

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  • Oh dear....Looks outright ridiculous ! a cross between a 1950s hoover and a cartoon, window-less zeppelin. Nice colour finish through.. Just change the roof to glass ?! Boris, The logo, The Bus !! Roll on 2012 !

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  • Well i think it's fantastic. Sure, it needs more windows, but at least it's different. Every other routemaster design I've seen is a boring rehash of the old concepts. FS are trying something fresh. The seating works much better too. A new iconic London bus for the noughties.

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  • I'm quite happy with the current red double-decker buses we have in London. The whole concept of going back to the Routemaster is a colossal waste of money in my view.

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