The little town of Krumbach, Austria, recently received tremendous attention from the worldwide design and architecture communities, and of course, from us. Here’s why: The village recently invited 7 international architecture firms to design 7 bus shelters in exchange for a free one week holiday. The results are stunning. Have a look:
We’re particularly fond of this stop, designed by Belgian architects Jan de Vylder, Inge Vinck & Jo Taillieu and inspired by the Alps.
It better not rain if you are waiting for your bus at this stop. This open shelter by the Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto consists of thin, steel rods and a winding staircase. It just makes you wanna climb up into the sky”.
Russian architect Alexander Brodsky designed a shelter in which humans and birds can cohabitate. The table and chair also helps foster interaction between travellers.
Chilean architect Smiljan Radic’s bus stop may be the one that actually looks the most like an actual bus stop. It’s designed as an outdoor “parlour”, with chairs. And we love the little birdhouse – a great touch!
China’s Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu designed a lens-like shelter that points to a view on the mountains through the window in the rear wall.
Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa of Ensamble Studio in Spain designed a bus stop inspired by the stacks of untreated oak planks typically found in local workshops.
Last but not least, this double decker shelter from Norwegian Eggertsson Architects is definitely a eye catcher.