No-one likes to wait for the bus - especially if there's nowhere to sit, it's freezing outside, and there's a massive crowd. Fortunately, some designers have taken the matter into their own hands and created some fantastic bus stops that will ease the wait and make kids and adults smile. We've rounded up 6 of our favorite designs from around the world - including a green-roofed shelter in the Netherlands, a shelter in the USA created from recycled glass bottles, and even a huge strawberry-shaped bus stop from Japan.
Designed by artist collective “mmmm…”, this unique bus stop is an experiment in typography and public art. Located on a Baltimore street, this design comprised of metal and wooden slats offers citizens a surprisingly fun way to wait for the bus.
Local sculptor Christopher Fennell crafted this extraordinary structure from an old savaged school bus. Standing in Athens, Georgia, this brilliant design gives new life to an iconic 60s vehicle that shelters adults and kids alike while they wait for the next bus.
Dutch WVTTK Architects built a luscious green-roofed shelter as part of a Municipality’s design competition about creating a greener city. Located in the bustling design district of Eindhoven, this cool space provides a blooming, fragrant environment for people awaiting public transportation.
UK College of Design student Aaron Scales envisioned an innovative bus stop built with empty glass bottles of Ale-8-One. Called Project Bottlestop, this glazed green shelter, which stands in Lexington, Kentucky, is powered by the sun and glows at night thanks to sparkling LED lights.
Lundberg Design created an high-tech bus shelter topped by an undulating solar roof made from post-industrial recycled polycarbonate. Situated within the Richmond District, it features LED lighting, free Wi-Fi, and a comfortable place to sit, all under its rolling red photovoltaic crest.
Originally created along with 16 other quirky bus stops as a local tourist attraction, this fruity shelter is straight out of a Japanese manga. Located in Konagai, Japan, it offers a tasty reminder that waiting for the bus doesn’t have to be boring.
Lead image © Tour Nagasaki