A bus stop is probably the last place you'd expect to see high-end design, but that's exactly what you'll find at the transit stops across Krumbach, a tiny town in rural Austria. In a project titled BUS:STOP, Krumbach's cultural association asked seven world famous architecture firms to redesign the humble bus stop into stunning works of art. Due to a limited budget, the organizers lured these top-notch architects with free vacations in scenic Krumbach in exchange for their usual fees.
Part architecture and part sculpture, BUS:STOP takes the humble transit hub to new heights–literally. Sou Fujimoto’s bus stop, for instance, looks like an elevated roofless treehouse nestled within a white birch forest. While the other designs offer more protection from the elements, they are also artistic and unconventional.
In total, architects from seven countries and three continents were represented in the final designs. BUS:STOP was largely funded by private donors and the finished bus stops opened this month.
Via Fast Company
Images via BUS:STOP, © Adolf Bereuter