With barely any budget at all and a population of 1000, last year a small Austrian village set out to accomplish what many thought was impossible: inviting world-renowned architects to come and design avant-garde structures that would attract tourists to their tiny village. They offered to pay their architects with a free vacation in the region. Sure enough, within several weeks 7 internationally-acclaimed architects had signed on to the BUS:STOP project to design bus stops for the village of Krumbach.
One of these was the critically acclaimed Sou Fujimoto (previously), who had been selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion in 2013. Fujimoto’s whimsical structure, while leaving a bit to be desired in functionality, features numerous white poles rising up from the ground and connected by steps. Climbing it, I can only imagine, must feel like getting on top of a forest of stilts. But the project wasn’t only about trying something new. It was also a significant leap in infrastructure and mobility for the rural area, notes an organizer. You can read more about the project, and see the other designs over at Archdaily.