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These are the coolest bus stops ever

Chloe Pantazi Published On 05/21/2014 Published On 05/21/2014

Waiting for the bus sucks. You're subject to inclement weather. The shelters are like magnets for garbage and bodily waste. And your payoff is... riding on a public bus.

But it's a whole other story in Krumbach, Austria, where passengers wait in some of the most stylish kiosks ever to pave the public transportation route.

Architect: Sou Fujimoto (Japan)

Sure, London has impossibly perfect benches on its streets, but this humble Austrian town of just 1,000 residents has taken transport utility to a new height of aesthetics. The local cultural institution, kultur krumbach, commissioned seven internationally acclaimed architects -- Rintala Eggertsson Architects from Norway; Ensamble Studio from Spain; Sou Fujimoto from Japan; Wang Shu from China; Smiljan Radic from Chile; Alexander Brodsky from Russia; and Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu from Belgium -- to design a bus stop, in return for a free vacation in the quaint European region.

Architect: Sou Fujimoto (Japan)

The offer piqued the architects' interests enough that each entered a design, and their unique bus stops have become a reality, with all seven now put to use. Working with the architects, 200 local builders and designers began constructing the stops last Summer.

Architect: Ensamble Studio (Spain)

Each is a sight to behold; from a mega camera and a spiky structure made out of rods to a metallic tent, the bus stops look more like avant-garde sculptures meant for a gallery than a place where people pee, spray graffiti, or unashamedly affix wads of gum.

Architect: RintalaEggertsson Architects (Norway)

Carved from earthy materials, including wood, glass and metal, the bus stops cleverly follow a rural motif -- a bit like this balancing barn in England. And as the director of the Voralberg Architecture Institute Verena Konrad said in a statement cited by CityLab, the town's new street architecture promotes a "successful connection of infrastructure and mobility for the rural area".

Architect: Vydler Vinck Taillieu (Belgium)

Take a look at more images of the impressive structures below.

Architect: Ensamble Studio (Spain)
Architect: Alexander Brodsky (Russia)
Architect: Wang Shu, Ly Wenu (China)
Architect: RintalaEggertsson Architects (Norway)
Architect: Vydler Vinck Taillieu (Belgium)
Architect: Smilijan Radic (Chile)

Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. After seeing these bus stops, she finds the ones in New York utterly boring and now has a better excuse to avoid the bus. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.

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