Sou Fujimoto bus shelter closed
to prevent "possible accidents"

Krumbach Bus Stop by Sou Fujimoto

News: a spindly bus stop created by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto in Krumbach, Austria, has been unexpectedly closed to the public because it doesn't "follow the Austrian regulations for building safety".

Bränden bus stop, one of seven architect-designed shelters created in the tiny Austrian village, comprises a cluster of slender steel rods that support a winding wooden staircase and balcony.

But images circulating on social media this week show a chain barrier that now blocks access to the stairs, featuring a sign that reads "This is a work of art. Do not enter."

Dezeen understands that the sign was added after an intervention by local police.

Krumbach Bus Stop by Sou Fujimoto

Sou Fujimoto – the architect behind the 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion – designed the structure as part of the Kultur Krumbach initiative.

Curated by Dietmar Steiner, director of Vienna architecture museum Architekturzentrum Wien, the project was developed to promote tourism in the picturesque Bregenzerwald district.

According to Steiner, the new safety warning is just a precaution and can be ignored.

"It's about the liability for possible accidents. The village cannot take over the responsibility for this because the construction – the stairs and the railings – do not follow the Austrian regulations for building safety," he told Dezeen.

"For Kultur Krumbach it was more important to follow the idea and concept of Sou Fujimoto as perfectly as possible, instead of following the Austrian regulations."

"But for sure, everybody can climb up the stairs by ignoring the sign. The construction is stable enough to allow it," he said.

Krumbach Bus Stop by Sou Fujimoto

According to Dezeen's sources, most people visiting the structure since the sign was added have ignored it.

Sou Fujimoto was unavailable to comment.

Photography is by Hufton + Crow, apart from where otherwise indicated.

  • Romain_M

    Pesky humans, always needing protection against injury. Good thing that sign is more of a “gesture” rather than a “measure”.

  • Pat Swain

    How high off the ground are the busses in Austria? Very by the looks of it. But if I had a bus, this is how I’d want to get into it. Lovely Stuff.

  • boycea

    Hardly surprised, it really was only a matter of time. (Please insert typical rant about health and safety gone mad).

  • sAne

    How does this shelter work when it rains?

    • TC

      It doesn’t.

    • Jimmy

      And that really is the sad part: we are praising an architect for designing useless architecture. We have lost all reason and applaud – and welcome – any mindless bling-bling installation that pops up without even wondering if it is actually any good…

      • please be selective dezeen

        It’s not “we” hahaha . I don’t care for this man’s work anyway – it’s “cheap”. I just want to see how naive it can be.

  • Vincent

    How sad it is for architecure, reduced to a “work of art”. Looking at this epitomic pavillon, architecture is way more (and not less) than art since it is also the embodiment of collective will (the law, the regulation) and also fulfills some functions. And the curator making the architect even more ridiculous stating that they intentionally ignored the regulation, making a safeless and useless building rather than making architecture and summoning people to break the law in order to use it. Next step, taking away the elevator in a tower to make it more transparent, and telling people to climb a Calder sculpture ?

  • Arjay Cee

    Bus stop kabob.

  • Jan Ayalin

    A sculpture is a sculpture… don’t call it architecture.