Beautiful Bus Stops Pop Up All Over Austrian Town

credit: 2014 ADOLF BEREUTER, Sou Fujimoto

Krumback, Austria has just made the list of places to visit: not only for the spectacular scenery, but also to see this wonderful project: BUS:STOP Krumbach. Seven international architects, including Sou Fujimoto (Japan) and Smiljac Radic (Chile), have paired up with seven local architects to work together on the design of seven new bus shelters in the town. This project ticks every possible box: creation of infrastructure, encouragement of public transport, great architectural design and use of local craftsmens' skills and traditions. When do we go and how do we get there!

credit: 2014 ADOLF BEREUTER

Krumbach is a unique town. Not only do they have 30,000 tourists a year, but in recent years several architecturally important buildings have been built, as well as a new central bus station. They also have hourly bus service, something unexpected in rural areas. So the idea of bus shelters ties in very nicely with the existing infrastructure, and extends it. This one is by Rintala Eggertsson Architects from Norway. It's overlooking a tennis court so they created the combination bus stop and spectator stand for the tennis courts. It is timber built and shingle-clad.

credit: 2014 ADOLF BEREUTER

Chinese architects Amateur Architecture Studio: Pritzker prizewinners Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu from Hangzhou, China have taken advantage of the unobstructed view in both directions of their site. So theirs opens to the street and has a window in the rear wall so that the landscape is framed and is the focal point.

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Alexander Brodsky from Russia had a small site beside a house. So he built a wooden tower, open on one side, and with glass on the other three the walls. The table and chairs provide a nice place to relax and wait for the bus. On the next floor is a house for birds and the wind.

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You may not have heard of Smiljan Radic before, but he is one to watch. The Chilean architect is building the pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery in London this summer. He has plunked an Austrian "parlour", complete with rural, simple wooden chairs, into the middle of the countryside. The glass walled pavilion has a ceiling of black concrete. A bird house provides a bit of diversion.

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The Spanish architects, Ensamble Studio, have used rough, untreated oak timber and stacked it up, similar to the way that it is stacked to dry in the local area. They arranged it so that the space is both protected and open. They want to keep the wood untreated so that the smell of the wood as it ages is part of the experience.

credit: 2014 ADOLF BEREUTER

Belgians Architecten De Vylder have created a folding triangular surface. It's about roads converging in the area and is called April. As they explain:

How it is possible that a simple idea of a roof originates from a constantly re-occurring vision of a Sol LeWitt drawing and how that drawing was once positioned between doorbells and a light switch and how then, at one moment in the month of April, between winter and spring, white and colourmade that drawing appear completely different and how then a bus stop had to be invented in that month of April.