Lori Zimmer

Sou Fujimoto's Spindly Bus Shelter in Austria Deemed Unsafe by Authorities

by , 08/21/14
filed under: Architecture, News

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Sou Fujimoto’s delicate-looking bus shelter in Krumbach, Austria was just shut down by authorities who deemed it unsafe for the public. Built as part of the BUS:STOP project that brought seven architects to the small Austrian Village, the bus shelter extends into the sky with levels of stilted platforms. Austrian police said the structure does not follow regulations for building safety, and it will no longer be open for passengers to climb upon it while waiting for the bus.

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Designed by Japanese designer Fujimoto, best known for his spindly 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London, the shelter consists of extended thin white poles and polished wood platforms that climb in a loose spiral staircase. Appearing like a very thin birch forest, the platforms look as if they are floating from afar. The top platform looks out over the road at a height of about 20 feet, giving waiting passengers a breathtaking glimpse of the Austrian countryside. The shelter, along with six others, was designed to help boost tourism in the Bregenzerwald district of Austria.

Related: Famous International Architects Design Seven Stunning Bus Stops for a Tiny Austrian Town

Currently, the Bränden bus stop shelter has a chain across its entrance that warns passengers not to enter. But Dietmar Steiner, curator of the BUS:STOP project, told Dezeen that the chain and sign are merely a warning, placed to deter people and to protect the village against liability for potential accidents. Although the structure is stable, Krumbach may leave up the sign, and treat Fujimoto’s creation as a piece of public art rather than a functional bus stop.

+ Sou Fujimoto

Via Dezeen

Image ©Wolfgang Glock

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