General Bus Vision: affordable high quality design

How would you define the word quality? Although we all feel, whether an object is of high or low quality, it is difficult to give a direct definition. When we talk about transport, quality is something we experience while using a vehicle. We experience it through its well-ordered functionality and its design: materials and textures, spatial planning, attempts to avoid fast and cheap project decisions and maintain the sensation of light and human setting.

However, high quality design is mostly associated with luxury and costliness. At the moment it is hardly possible to find a concept of transport which would be of affordable high quality. There is an evident gap between modern, high quality transport and its accessibility for the society.

For instance, we can point to eco or everyday car concepts which use super modern forms and mostly plastic materials. They definitely seem modern, however commonly end up by looking strange and bulky, as well as conveying cheap and bleak feeling.

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Similar things might be said about futuristic car concepts, which use exaggerated forms, different wheels and create principally impracticable designs. These are more imaginative experiments than practically orientated projections.

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Of course, we can find high quality design in some everyday and sport car concepts, which use dynamic shapes and natural materials, such as leather or wood, or invest in creating light and spacious feeling through texture and lightening. However, these are rare examples and can be considered as highly expensive and luxurious.

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If we talk about the concepts of other kinds of transport, such as planes or buses, we find similar situation. They are either exceptionally luxurious and hardly affordable for the society, or overstep today‘s technical facilities and should be considered as mental experiments for future inspirations. On the other hand, those modern transport design concepts that seem realistic and practicable today, become old fashioned after a year or two.

Dancer Bus Project seeks to fill this niche by creating a bus concept of affordable and durable high quality design. It aims to unify modern technologies, classical materials, durability of a design and its social accessibility. The design that the project aims at might be called an undefined quality design, which maintains timeless potentiality.

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[photo by Marius Ščerbinskas – supermario.lt]

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[photo by Marius Ščerbinskas – supermario.lt]

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[photo by Marius Ščerbinskas – supermario.lt]

Transparency is the key feature of such design and might even be called the soul of the project. Transparent or semi-transparent body avoids the risk of fast aesthetic ageing. The combination of transparency with the use of classical materials makes the bus body seem attractive, light and spacious and creates the possibility of integrating modern visual technologies. Design of the Dancer Bus is simple, attractive, constantly open to future possibilities and in this regard – timeless. In this way Dancer Bus Project strives to realise its main intention – improvement of public transport and city environment.