We spotted WVTTK Architects’ luscious bus stop while visiting Eindhoven, The Netherlands, a few weeks ago, but in fact it has been blooming since 2009. A winner of a Municipality’s competition called Eindhoven Surprising Green, the bushy bus shelter provides a pleasant green space for people to wait for public transport. Located at a central location in front of Eindhoven's futuristic “Blob” building, it emphasises the fact that the city is ahead of its time.
The innovative, living bus shelter is perfectly integrated within the existing city fabric, while providing a small green oasis. The green bus stop was created as part of a competition organized by the Municipality of Eindhoven back in 2009. The bus station was featured during 2009 Dutch Design Week, but it didn’t get much attention from the press until now.
Jackel Henstra and Joost van der Klooster from WVTTK Architects designed the shelter in an effort to help make the city greener, but also to consciously integrate it with the many existing green spaces the city has. It physically joins Eindhoven’s Golden Oriole, the Dommel and Genneperparken. With a green roof and green wall panels full of growing plants, the lush public feature also includes ad space for sustainable brands.
In the future, the bus stop will also feature various types of new features, including charging stations for mobile gadgets, LED signalling of the coming bus, and a bike rental station. The integrated system will make sustainable transport more visible and help it to flourish in the city.
Created in collaboration of local companies like Soontiëns gardeners, Chip Metal BV, and CBS Outdoor, this green bus shelter helps to raise awareness about the environment. The mix of plants planted inside metal pockets create a bio-diverse system that will flourish and make waiting for the bus a more interesting experience.
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