Sixty years after its creation, the iconic Mont-Faron Cable Car has been redesigned to provide a better user experience for visitors as they glide to the top of the mountain and enjoy panoramic views over the city.
Located in Toulon, on France’s southern coast, the Mont-Faron Cable Car has been a fixture on the city’s skyline since the fifties. The only one if its kind on the Mediterranean coast, visitors in the area use the cable car to reach the summit (in less than 6 minutes) and enjoy panoramic views over the Bay of Toulon and inland Var area, walks and hikes from the top, and small picnic areas.
Due for an upgrade, the new cabins were designed by French company, Atelier 360. The designers were entrusted to implement elements of the surrounding landscape and the heritage of the city of Toulon within the new model. Particular attention was paid to the users’ experience by increasing the openings on the outside by 50%: extended windows, porthole on the ground, reinforced lighting inside and outside, and a brand new ventilation system.
Atelier 360 included a clear glazed floor to allow users to experience and discover the landscape in a different way. “It’s a design from the inside out… the trip to the top of Mont-Faron offers a real sensory immersion in the landscape of Toulon,” explains Patrick Jouffret, founder of Atelier 360.
By incorporating new safety standards three times since 1959, the cabins now feature smoother and lighter lines. From the floor to the ergonomics of the control room, the entire design has been rethought, while keeping in mind the codes that made these cabins popular in the fifties.