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

Kindergarten Susi Weigel / Bernardo Bader Architects

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Architects: Bernardo Bader Architects
Location: Rungelinerstraße 15, 6700 ,
Project Manager: Joachim Ambrosig
Area: 1200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adolf Bereuter

House S / HPSA

© Dietmar Hammerschmid

Architects: HPSA
Location: , Austria
Architect In Charge: Hammerschmid, Pachl, Seebacher
Structural Engineer: Heintzel, Steinbichl & Partner
Year: 2013
Photographs: Dietmar Hammerschmid

3XN Designs Residential Complex for Downtown Vienna

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International design firm 3XN has recently won a competition to design a residential building in downtown Vienna, Austria.  Being so close to the historic center of the city, the project required a unique but unobtrusive appearance. With this in mind, a subtle, curving façade composed of warm colors was developed for the exterior.

Austrian Pritzker Prize Laureate Hans Hollein Passes Away

Portrait, 2011.. Image © Alexandra Pawloff

Austrian artist, architect, designer, theoretician and Pritzker Prize laureate Hans Hollein has passed away twenty five days after he celebrated his eightieth birthday. Hollein, particularly known for his museum design, including ’s Haas House (1990) and Frankfurt’s Museum of Modern Art, was once described by Richard Meier as an architect whose “groundbreaking ideas” have “had a major impact on the thinking of designers and architects.”

See a selection of Hollein’s work, from architecture to furniture, jewelry to glasses, to a high-rise in China, after the break…

Blue Box / Hofrichter-Ritter Architekten

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Architects: Hofrichter-Ritter Architekten
Location: ,
Area: 4000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Karl Heinz Putz, Christian Schellander

Housing Laimburggasse / Gangoly & Kristiner Architekten

© Paul Ott

Architects: Gangoly & Kristiner Architekten
Location: Laimburggasse 40, 8010 , Austria
Area: 5159.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Ott

Milestone Student Housing / Josef Weichenberger Architects + Partner + Ernst Hoffmann Ziviltechniker

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Architects: Josef Weichenberger Architects + Partner, Ernst Hoffmann Ziviltechniker
Location: Ausstellungsstraße, 44, 1020 , Austria
Area: 5900.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Erika Mayer

Happy Birthday Hans Hollein!

Mobiles Büro, aufblasbares Bürogebäude, 1969 . Image © Gino Molin-Pradl

Austrian artist, architect, designer, theoretician and Pritzker Prize laureate Hans Hollein turns 80 today. Described by Richard Meier as an architect whose “groundbreaking ideas” have “had a major impact on the thinking of designers and architects,” Hollein has worked in all aspects of design, from architecture to furniture, jewelry, glasses, lamps — even door handles. Known in particular for his museum designs, from the Abteiberg Museum in Mönchengladbach to the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt to ’s Haas House, Hollein’s work manifests a unique, fascinating take on 1950s Modernism.

Venice Biennale 2014: Austrian Pavilion Explores the Power of Parliament

Dalian International Conference Center / . Image © Duccio Malagamba

Parliament, “the place where the power of the people has found its home,” will be the focus of ’s contribution to the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. With over 200 national parliament buildings from around the world modeled at a scale of 1:500, the exhibition, “Plenum. Places of Power.” will explore how the architecture of parliament connects to the public, influences national identify, and more. 

“The idea of democratic legitimation of power is so widespread today that no nation can do without building such a place, at least in name, for a representative popular assembly,” described commissioner Dr. Christian Kühn. “What do these places look like? And how are they connected to a public whose trust in democratic formation of will seems to be dwindling around the globe?”

House Eichgraben / Franz Architekten

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Architects: Franz Architekten
Location: Schießstättenstraße 12, 4600 Wels,
Area: 178.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kurt Kuball

Competition Entry: Austrian Pavilion (Milan Expo 2015) / Paolo Venturella

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Placing fifth in the international competition to design the Austrian Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo, Paolo Venturella’s concept is designed as an extruded version of the Austrian mountain house that connects two major programs: an space and “big green-house.” To the north, the elevated space is shielded by a fabric sheathing which diminishes as it moves towards the greenhouse, south, where visitors are presented with a fresh vegetable garden, bar and restaurant that serves traditional cuisine. 

DC Towers I / Dominique Perrault Architecture

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Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
Location: , Austria
Year: 2014
Photographs: Michael Nagl

Exhibition at Alpinarium Galtür / Holzer Kobler

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Architects: Holzer Kobler Architekturen
Location: Galtür,
Project Lead: Helmut Pöll
Area: 690 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett

House Z / HPSA

© Dietmar Hammerschmid

Architects: HPSA
Location:
Year: 2013
Photographs: Dietmar Hammerschmid

Freundorf Villa / Project A01

© Brigida Gonzalez

Architects: Project A01
Location: , Austria
Project Architect: Andreas Schmitzer
Design Team: Andreas Schmitzer, Judith Schafelner, Eleonora Gallenzi
Project Area: 229 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Brigida Gonzalez

House B.A.B.E. / destilat

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Architects: destilat
Location: Am Bachlberg, , Austria
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of destilat

House P / Frohring Ablinger Architekten

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Architects: Frohring Ablinger Architekten
Location: Upper ,
Interior Design: Oberndorfer Interior Design
Year: 2013
Photographs: Andrew Phelps