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Architect-designed bus stops in Austria photographed by Hufton + Crow

These new shots by British photographers Hufton + Crow document the seven extraordinary bus shelters created in a tiny Austrian village by architects including Sou Fujimoto, Smiljan Radić and Wang Shu (+ slideshow).

Bus Stops in Krumbach Austria
Bränden bus stop by Sou Fujimoto

The Bus:Stop project was initiated to help boost tourism in Krumbach, a picturesque village within the once-forested Bregenzerwald district, as well as to foster an exchange of ideas with local craftspeople.

Bus Stops in Krumbach Austria
Glatzegg bus stop by Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu of Amateur Architecture Studio

Seven architects – also including Norwegian studio RintalaEggertsson Architects, Ensamble Studio from Spain, Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu from Belgium and Russian architect Alexander Brodsky – were invited to partner with a local creative business to design and build a small structure.

Bus Stops in Krumbach Austria
Unterkrumbach Nord bus stop by Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa of Ensamble Studio

The results include an angular steel tent, a forest of steel columns, a wooden lookout point and an overlapping pair of shingle-clad boxes.

There is also a glass vessel with a bird box on top, a rugged pile of oak planks and a wooden framework mimicking a camera obscura.

Bus Stops in Krumbach Austria
Unterkrumbach Süd bus stop by ArchitectenDe Vylder Vinck Taillieu

Hufton + Crow's Allan Crow visited the village on a quiet summer's day, quickly discovering that the shelters are only used within the working day.

Bus Stops in Krumbach Austria
Zwing bus stop by Smiljan Radic

"We like to shoot people as much as possible in our work. We believe the people are as much of the story as the architecture," he told Dezeen.

Kressbad bus stop by Rintala Eggertsson Architects

"I was trying to capture the bus stops in the best possible light, which meant shooting at 9pm and 6am. This meant there was no one there! I had to race around Krumbach in a hire car, jumping out at the bus stops and setting the camera to self timer and then running across the road to sit in the bus stop myself. The people that were around must have thought I was completely mad!" he said.

Bus Stops in Krumbach Austria
Oberkrumbach bus stop by Alexander Brodsky

Read more about the Bus:Stop project in the original story on Dezeen »