BUS:STOP Unveils 7 Unusual Bus Shelters by World Class Architects

Sou Fujimoto’s BUS:STOP design. Image © Yuri Palmin

A year in the making, Krumbach in Austria has unveiled seven eye-catching bus shelters which have turned the world’s gaze on the tiny village. Designed by internationally renowned architects such as Wang Shu, Sou Fujimoto and Smiljan Radic, who worked in collaboration with local architects and craftsmen, the whimsical structures will put the village of 1000 residents on the map.

Curator Dietmar Steiner praised the commitment of those involved, saying “the entire project succeeded because it was supported in the most generous fashion by more than 200 people.” This included the architects, who took up their projects for little more than a free holiday in the area and the chance to engage in an unusual challenge. However, BUS:STOP was not merely a vanity project: Verena Konrad, Director of vai Vorarlberger Architektur Institut, noted that the project was important for “the successful connection of infrastructure and mobility for the rural area.”

See images of all 7 shelters after the break

Alexander Brodsky

’s BUS:STOP design. Image © Yuri Palmin
Alexander Brodsky’s BUS:STOP design. Image © Yuri Palmin

Rintala Eggertsson Architects

Rintala Eggertsson Architect’s BUS:STOP design. Image © Yuri Palmin
Rintala Eggertsson Architect’s BUS:STOP design. Image © Yuri Palmin

Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu

Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu’s BUS:STOP design. Image © Yuri Palmin
Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu’s BUS:STOP design. Image © Yuri Palmin

Ensamble Studio

Ensamble Studio’s BUS:STOP design. Image © Yuri Palmin
Ensamble Studio’s BUS:STOP design. Image © Yuri Palmin

Smiljan Radic

Smiljan Radic’s BUS:STOP design. Image © Yuri Palmin
Smiljan Radic’s BUS:STOP design. Image © Yuri Palmin

Sou Fujimoto

Sou Fujimoto’s BUS:STOP design. Image © Yuri Palmin
Sou Fujimoto’s BUS:STOP design. Image © Yuri Palmin

Amateur Architecture Studio (Wang Shu)

Amateur Architecture Studio’s BUS:STOP design. Image © Yuri Palmin
Amateur Architecture Studio’s BUS:STOP design. Image © Yuri Palmin
Cite: Stott, Rory. "BUS:STOP Unveils 7 Unusual Bus Shelters by World Class Architects" 15 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=506961>
  • Jimmy Two Thumbs

    Nice idea, but I would imagine those chairs would be gone very quickly! And to you Sou Fujimoto – have you ever taken a bus before? Do you usually like getting soaked? Because your stairs provide no shelter – the request was for ‘unusual bus shelters’ not, hence the word shelter in the name – as in protection from rain, snow, wind.

    • le

      i just hate those behavior of sou fujimoto.

      haven’t met him but can feel his arrogance

  • Ivan

    Oh God few weeks ago my mentor asked me, what do you think of the bus stop in this Asia country? My reply was aight nothing much that need improvement and I can’t think anything fancy to replace it, he gave me a smirk..as if saying “u got much to learn boy” …oh my this post is prove of how much I have to learn

  • indu

    Do architects believe in simplicity, workability or just making statements out of themselves than the people………….good ideas none of them workable in an urban setting!!!!

  • kavitha

    Nobody imagine this types of Bus shelter, like this stair bus shelter (Mr.Sou fujirnoto) fist time saw has wow!!!!!!!!……….., but we think our general problem has been (in this way seen ) DUll