The bus stops of the Bregenzerwald


1 December 2014

In 2012, the village of Krumbach in Austria's Bregenzerwald region, began to discuss commissioning seven new bus town for the town. Yet rather than simple shelters designed by a local practice, these bus stops would all be created by international architects.

The results, which opened in 2014, are remarkable. Designed by Sou Fujimoto, Ensamble Studio, Smiljan Radic, Alexander Brodsky, Amateur Architecture, Rintala Eggertsson Architects and Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu, the bus stops are more than functional shelters (and, in fact, Fujimoto's isn't strictly functional: it has no roof, so offers no shelter). They are an eclectic range of charming follies.

From Alpine lifeguard towers (Brodsky) to cantilevered bandstand lovenests (Rintala Eggertsson Architects), the bus stops are an eccentric effort to raise Krumbach's status and to promote the town through cultivating architecture and design.For Disegno No.7 architect Adam Nathaniel Furman travelled to Krumbach and wrote a travelogue of his experiences in the town and reflections on the bus stop project. The full story can be read in the magazine.

To accompany Furman's work, photographer Felix Friedmann also travelled to the region, shooting the bus stops and the surrounding landscape over the course of a single day. We are delighted to now be able to share a full gallery of Friedmann's beautiful photographs of Krumbach. Rich in narrative and evocative of the Bregenzerwald, they offer an insight into how Krumbach's bus stops have been adopted by and serve the local community.