Weird bus stops in Krumbach, Austria

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Krumbach, a small, rural Austrian town has the “world’s most unusual” bus stops. In order to boost tourism, the town administration invited architects from Russia, Chile, China, Norway, Spain, Belgium, and Japan to design bus shelters for its 2,200 residents. As the payment, the architects were offered free vacation in Krumbach. The Schloss Krumbach, an 11th-century castle converted into a decent hotel, is a popular local attraction.


Sou Fujimoto, Japan: “Everyone may climb the tower-like bus stop to enjoy panoramic views of Krumbach. A transparent forest of columns can create interesting scenery in a site surrounded by nature.” (Photo: Adolf Bereuter/BUS:STOP Krumbach)

Sou Fujimoto, Japan: “Everyone may climb the tower-like bus stop to enjoy panoramic views of Krumbach. A transparent forest of columns can create interesting scenery in a site surrounded by nature.” (Photo: Adolf Bereuter/BUS:STOP Krumbach)

Smiljan Radic, Chile: “Urban exteriors seem to be the natural extension of small, protected interior spaces. Zwing BUS:STOP seeks to express this domesticity.” (Photo: Adolf Bereuter/BUS:STOP Krumbach)

Smiljan Radic, Chile: “Urban exteriors seem to be the natural extension of small, protected interior spaces. Zwing BUS:STOP seeks to express this domesticity.” (Photo: Adolf Bereuter/BUS:STOP Krumbach)

Ensamble Studio, Spain: “Ensamble Studio’s BUS:STOP for Krumbach explores the appropriation of a local technique used to stack wood planks in the drying barns in the region.” (Photo: Adolf Bereuter/BUS:STOP Krumbach)

Ensamble Studio, Spain: “Ensamble Studio’s BUS:STOP for Krumbach explores the appropriation of a local technique used to stack wood planks in the drying barns in the region.” (Photo: Adolf Bereuter/BUS:STOP Krumbach)

Architekten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu, Belgium: “How it is possible that a simple idea of a roof originates from a constantly re-occurring vision of a Sol LeWitt drawing…” (Photo: Adolf Bereuter/BUS:STOP Krumbach)

Architekten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu, Belgium: “How it is possible that a simple idea of a roof originates from a constantly re-occurring vision of a Sol LeWitt drawing…” (Photo: Adolf Bereuter/BUS:STOP Krumbach)

RintalaEggertsson Architects, Norway: “The structure becomes the sum of these viewing activities, a gathering and organization of paths of attention.” (Photo: Adolf Bereuter/BUS:STOP Krumbach)

RintalaEggertsson Architects, Norway: “The structure becomes the sum of these viewing activities, a gathering and organization of paths of attention.” (Photo: Adolf Bereuter/BUS:STOP Krumbach)

Amateur Architecture Studio, China: “It is like a 120 SLR folding camera that people can sit in.” (Photo: Adolf Bereuter/BUS:STOP Krumbach)

Amateur Architecture Studio, China: “It is like a 120 SLR folding camera that people can sit in.” (Photo: Adolf Bereuter/BUS:STOP Krumbach)

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  1. June 4, 2014

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