REDESIGNING MOBILITY - AUSTRIA | ALEXANDER BRODSKY AO. : THE BUS STOP PROJECT | WAITING IN WONDER
At the initiative of Dietmar Steiner, director of the Architekturzentrum in Vienna, seven international architects each recently created an out of the ordinary bus stop ...
At the initiative of Dietmar Steiner, director of the Architekturzentrum in Vienna, seven international architects each recently created an out of the ordinary bus stop where one would hardly expect them - in Krumbach, a quiet village in the Bregenzerwald region of southern Austria, somewhere in the middle of nowhere between Vienna and Graz.
Working with the Vorarlberger Architecktur Institut and Krumbach Kultur, Steiner focused in his selection on small architecture firms from around the world, known for their sculptural approach. Rather surprisingly and without further ado, the architects gladly accepted the invitation, despite the humble ‘commission’ -or lack of it: simply a paid week of vacation in Krumbach’s countryside. Since the project was initiated to help boost local tourism, as well as to foster an exchange of ideas with local craftspeople, the firms were also invited to partner with a local creative business to design and build their small structure. The designs vary as much as the architects’ origins.
The Bränden bus stop by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto simply consists of a cluster of slender steel rods coated in white, in which a staircase winds upwards to a balcony, offering waiting passengers a wide view of the pastoral surroundings, and .new dimensions in the perception of space and nature.
The Zwing Bus Stop by Smiljan Radic of Chile. Clearly inspired by the handcraft and traditions in the Bregenzerwald, and referencing the Bregenzerwald house “parlour”. Radic transfered its intimacy to the exposed situation of a bus stop. The result. A glass pavilion with a coffered ceiling of black concrete, was playfully topped by a bird-house that both attracts attention and provides distraction, Rural wooden chairs are provided as seating.
The brick-built shelter of Sami Rintala, Dagur Eggertsson and Vibeke Jenssen of Norway, doubles as a spectator stand for the village tennis courts.
The Unterkrumbach Süd Bus Stop by Belgium’s Architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu. An angular steel tent, geometric abstraction and poetic act, grown from a folding of triangular surfaces. A narrative about the place, about Sol Lewitt and about the Alps – called “April”.
The Unterkrumbach Nord Bus Stop, designed by of Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa of Ensamble Studio in Spain: a staccato wooden shelter that was inspired by the raw oak planks they had seen stacked outside the woodyards in the area around Krumbach. The challenge was to make this into a spatial situation that was both protected and open, leaving the oak planks untreated, so that their smell and the process of ageing would impose themselves upon the passengers.
The Glatzegg bus stop by Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu of Amateur Architecture Studio from Hangzhou, China. Mimicking a camera obscura that opens to the street and, with a window in the rear wall, frames the visual axis to the mountains, creating a conical space with a focused perception of the landscape, which in all their projects is always more important than the buildings themselves.