Photo by Felix Friedmann Bregenzerwald Tourismus
KrumbachThe Bregenzerwald has long been known as a region of architectural innovation, where many of Austria's leading designers have devoted themselves to constructing buildings that are affordable, socially conscious, and contemporary while engaging with the vernacular styles of the region.
In 2014, the town of Krumbach, in Bregenzerwald, embarked on a clever mission to not only attract new visitors, but to also be part of a larger dialogue regarding public space, architecture, and craftsmanship. Krumbach invited seven notable architecture firms from the around the world to help design new bus stops. For this exercise, the competition required that each would be different and also would be designed and built with a local craftsperson. The result is a surprising collection of small but potent designs. From Sou Fujimoto's forest of slender white posts supporting a spiral stair to Amateur Architecture Studio's forced perspective viewing apparatus, each bus stop is a playful exploration of shelter.
The truly international field of architects included firms from Russia, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Japan, China, and Chile. Set along suburban and rural roads with some spectacular scenery as a backdrop, the bus stops are like follies in an expanded garden landscape.
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