World Famous Architects Design Bus Stops for Tiny Austrian Village

Chilean architect standing in his completed bus shelter. Image © Adolf Bereuter / BUS:STOP Krumbach

Krumbach, a small Austrian village of 1000 inhabitants, is not the place you’d expect to find structures from a variety of architecture’s biggest names. But thanks to Verein Kultur Krumbach, a new association dedicated to encouraging culture in the village, that’s exactly what’s happening, with seven international architecture firms agreeing to design bus stops for Krumbach.

Read after the break to find out more about the seven designs.

Sou Fujimoto’s BUS:STOP design. Image Courtesy of Sou Fujimoto / BUS:STOP Krumbach

With a small budget for their BUS:STOP project, all that Kultur Krumbach had to offer the designers was a free holiday in the region and the freedom of a design typology stripped to its bare essentials: a small, pavilion-like shelter. This proved enticing enough that within four weeks, the project had attracted Alexander Brodsky, RintalaEggertsson ArchitectsArchitecten de Vylder Vinck TaillieuEnsamble StudioSmiljan RadicSou Fujimoto, and Amateur Architecture Studio (Wang Shu‘s Practice).

These practices were chosen for the fact that, despite being well known in the architecture world, they were still “just small offices with sculptural interest.” Working in collaboration with local architects, they have designed shelters using local materials and making “comparisons between different vocabularies and schools of thought, between east and west, north and south.”

Amateur Architecture Studio’s BUS:STOP design. Image © BUS:STOP Krumbach
Ensamble Studio’s BUS:STOP design. Image Courtesy of Ensamble Studio / BUS:STOP Krumbach
Alexander Brodsky’s BUS:STOP design. Image Courtesy of Alexander Brodsky / BUS:STOP Krumbach
Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu’s BUS:STOP design. Image Courtesy of Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu / BUS:STOP Krumbach
Rintala Eggertsson Architect’s BUS:STOP design. Image Courtesy of Rintala Eggertsson Architects / BUS:STOP Krumbach
Smiljan Radic’s BUS:STOP design. Image Courtesy of Smiljan Radic / BUS:STOP Krumbach
Courtesy of Smiljan Radic / BUS:STOP Krumbach
© BUS:STOP Krumbach
Cite: Stott, Rory. "World Famous Architects Design Bus Stops for Tiny Austrian Village" 24 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
  • me2

    these guys are amazingly out of touch with public transportation.
    i mean c’mon, pictures no. 2 & 3 are totally outlandish bus stations.
    people in SF wouldn’t use them, nevermind in austria. get real!

  • Rabt

    the reason why most bus stops have patterns on the windows is because birds will fly straight into them. How does Radic address this besides putting a birdhouse on top?

  • Laszlo Kovacs

    can we see more images of the amateur architecture proposal? it’s hard to make out in the one image you presented of it. thanks!

  • jim bean

    “world famous Architects” LOL, does not necessarily mean good design (what good is fame when they make uninspired design?)

  • Martin

    Imagine how many thousands of student bus stops there must have been from all the worlds architecture schools, that were better than these!

  • Marco

    Certainly an original contest as well as the final designs…
    For more info/news about bus shelters visit “Bus Shelter Lovers” group on LinkedIn, thank you.

  • Rizky

    Beautiful bus stops for a secluded Austrian village, very sculptural and poetic, might be a good strategy to create destination for a rather boring village.