VIA Rail Comfort Class Interior Design

Passenger Train Interior Retroifit

A team led by Strasman Architects Inc. won the design competition to provide the concept for the VIA 1 cars interior retrofit. Two of the four design themes presented were selected for further development, one for the VIA 1 (Business Class) and one for Comfort (Economy) Class. The interior retrofit presented numerous design challenges: the car interior had to meet the demands of aesthetics, maintenance, comfort, safety, function and accessibility.
The Strasman Architects Inc. team developed two distinct but harmonious design schemes for the cars, creating a fresh, bright and contemporary Economy Class car and a refined, elegant and calming Business Class car. The patterning and rich colour palette enhances the design theme and provides longevity through its construction and technologically advanced fibres. The finishes were designed to retain their appearance through continuous, rigorous use.
Careful selection and specification of materials was the key to a successful interior as it ensured durability, safety and maintainability. Drawing from VIA’s expertise and manufacturing technologies, the team incorporated the latest materials and design elements to move the LRC cars into the future.