Prague’s iconic tram gets a modern makeover

The T3 Coupé is modeled after a tram from the 1960s

Tourist love getting around on throwback modes of
transportation—think about San Francisco’s trollies or New
York’s
special edition subways
. If it looks old but functions like
new, even better.

Designer Anna
Marešová
is following in that tradition with the “T3
Coupé,”
a modern riff
on the old-school trams that have long zipped
across Prague in the Czech Republic. She worked with the Prague
Public Transport Company to model the T3 after the Tatra T3, the
iconic tram designed by František Kardaus in the 1960s.

Tram interior with white seats
Photo: Petr Hejna via
Designboom

Marešová updated the design with finishings like light wood
floors, sleek white seats, and curved windows at the top of the
tram that creates a feeling of riding in the open air. She also
retained old-school features like a ticket punch, since riders will
be given original T3 tickets.

People in costume hanging out of tram window
Photo: Petr Hejna via
Designboom

The T3 Coupé is effectively
a party tram that can take tourists sightseeing and be rented for
special occasions. So naturally, Marešová’s design also
includes a bar, which also happens to be a nod to the T1 tram that
had a separate ticket counter.

Source: FS – All – Architecture 10
Prague’s iconic tram gets a modern makeover