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26 Unusual Bus Stops You'll Actually Want To Wait At
The village of Krumbach, Austria, offered seven of the world's top architects a free week-long vacation. The catch? Build the most innovative bus stop they could think of. The minimalist structure above is the work of Belgian architects Jan de Vylder, Inge Vinck, and Jo Taillieu of dvvt, and is meant to mimic the shape of the Alps.
This shelter by Spanish architects Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa of Ensamble Studio recreates the rough, untreated oak planks stacked and left to dry in timber workshops in the Bregenzerwald region.
In the struggling Motor City, very few bus stops have a shelter. So designers, artists, riders and community residents collaborated to create the Door Stops project. The revitalization effort builds bus stop benches out of materials salvaged from abandoned homes (like old doors), and recruits local artists to make them beautiful.
This upcycled stop, designed by University of Kentucky student Aaron Scales, is constructed out of soda bottles that have been equipped with solar powered LED lights. During the day, sunlight filters through the bottles like stained glass, and at night the stop is gently illuminated by the stored up solar energy.