BUS:STOP Krumbach is a recently initiated project in the Bregenzerwald region of Austria that will bring together seven well-known architecture offices from around the world, pair them up with seven local architects and allow the pairs to work together on the design of seven new bus shelters in the town of Krumbach. A true collaboration between tradition and innovation, national and international, BUS:STOP hopes to create a series of small and functional buildings with their own unique characters that tell not only the story of these architects, but also of this special region.
For the list of participating offices and to learn more about BUS:STOP, read on.
The seven international offices invited to participate in the project are:
The seven local architecture office from within Vorarlberg, the greater Austrian state that encompasses the Bregenzerwald region, include:
The Bregenzerwald region, located at the point where three countries meet, offers visitors a surprisingly rich and dense range of culture, cuisine, architecture, handcraft, sport and leisure facilities for such a rural area. Architecture plays an important role in attracting around 30,000 tourists annually to the province and is a continuation of the craftsmanship and art that has shaped this region for centuries.
In recent years, the small town of Krumbach has completed several architecturally interesting buildings including a communal housing development, a pavilion on a highland marsh and a new central rural bus station by local architects Hermann Kaufmann, Bernardo Bader and Rene Bechter. Krumbach hopes to create a link between these designs and the new BUS:STOP project, though this project in particular will have an additional focus: the culture of building.
Site visits with the international architects have already taken place in Krumbach and their designs are awaited with great excitement. Accompanying the project will be a film and photo documentation, an exhibition and a publication. BUS:STOP Krumbach will hopefully create new impulses for tourism, business and craftsmanship that will have great impact beyond the immediate region.
For more information on the progress of the project, visit BUS:STOP's website here. Information in English can be found under the right-most tab.