Urban Planet: It takes a village

They say, it takes a village. And that was just the case when it came to getting seven prominent architects to design bus stations for the small town of Krumbach, Austria. As a part of Kultur Krumbach’s BUS:STOP project, internationally renowned architects, from seven different countries, submitted proposals for local bus shelters designed to encourage a dialogue about both the regional materials and building methods, as well as on the topic of global collaborations within architectural design.

Having attracted the likes of Alexander Brodsky, Amateur Architecture Studio, Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu, Ensamble Studio, Rintala Eggertsson Architects, Smiljan Radic, and Sou Fujimoto, BUS:STOP’s gallery exhibit blurs the line between international architecture and local transit needs. This was also achieved through the pairing of each visiting architect with a local architect to help incorporate local cultural and building techniques.

And the one perk for the architects involved? A trip to the village, of course! Now if only we could all have such thoughtfully designed bus stops.

For a full gallery of the submitted designs, visit ArchDaily.

Image courtesy of ArchDaily and Ensamble Studio

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