Five beautiful bus stop designs from around the world

Bus stops and bus shelters generally aren’t designed to be beautiful: rather, just functional structures where architecture and design usually aren’t the main considerations.

But that’s not always true. In various towns and cities across the globe, bus stops have been designed with aesthetics in mind, making them almost tourist destinations in their own right. Here are our top five beautiful bus stop designs from around the world.

1. Konagai, Japan

[source: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/konagai-japan-fruit-shaped-bus-stops]

The town of Konagai, near Nagasaki, is known for its 14 bright, bold bus stops, each one designed to look like a different fruit. Originally created for an expo in Osaka in 1990, these bus shelters were transported to Konagai where they’ve drawn in huge crowds of tourists ever since, and make waiting for a bus a brighter experience.

2. Jurong, Singapore

[source: https://citygreen.com/case-studies/jurong-smart-bus-station-singapore/]

While much of its design may look like a standard bus shelter, this bus stop in Jurong has a whole host of exciting features! Information screens, phone charging points, bookshelves, solar panels, a swing…even a Cratoxylon cochinchinensis tree within the bus shelter itself. It was designed to be a fun and enriching experience, as well as functional.

3. Krumbach, Austria

[source: https://www.dezeen.com/2014/07/27/bus-stops-krumbach-fujimoto-shu-radic-hufton-crow/]

The Bus:Stop project in Krumbach saw architects work with local craftspeople to create seven exciting bus stops in the village, aiming to promote tourism in the area. Created back in 2014, these seven structures are hugely varied, ranging from a simple shelter with two chairs, designed to resemble someone’s front room, to a forest of thin steel columns holding a staircase that people can walk up to admire the local views while they wait.

4. Dubai

[source: https://gulfnews.com/uae/transport/48-new-air-conditioned-bus-shelters-in-dubai-soon-1.60723495]

Dubai’s bus shelters don’t, perhaps, have the artistic flair of some of the bus shelters on this list. What they do have, though, is air conditioning – vital for those waiting for buses in the summer months, when temperatures are often over 40 degrees Celsius. With 1,208 million people taking bus journeys in Dubai each month, these cooled shelters, which can accommodate up to 16 people each, have made a huge difference to those travelling by bus.

5. Ventura, California, USA

[source: http://www.weirdca.com/location.php?location=720]

Designed by Dennis Oppenheim, this bus transfer station cost a total of $2.2m to build and opened in the summer of 2002. It’s more than just a bus stop: it’s a piece of art, which shows a bus transforming into a house, representing the journey that passengers take to return home from wherever they have been. While it’s a stunning artwork, though, many passengers complain that it doesn’t provide enough shelter when the weather is poor.

While some of these designs are very much of the weird and wonderful (not to mention incredibly costly) variety, others demonstrate that it’s possible to add some fantastic touches that improve customer satisfaction, without too much additional resource. If you’re looking for a great bus shelter to keep local passengers happy, take a look at the designs that Ace Shelters offers.