21 swings is a project of the Montréal, QC based Daily Tous Les Jours, well known for their over-the-top interactive public structures. The swings, pictured below, play a variety of pre-recorded musical sounds from xylophone, piano, and other instruments while in use. Here is an awesome video of these swings in use.
14. United States
U.S. bus stops vary city-to-city, but generally look like the one pictured below. U.S. cities tend to stray away from incorporating new technology into bussing stops (like those of Canada and Germany), and serve as no tourist attraction whatsoever.
Inspired by the pumpkin carriage from Cinderella, Japan’s fruity bus shelters further justify the country’s known image of being extremely design-savvy. Here is a slideshow of some more Japanese bus shelters in the form of watermelons, strawberries, tomatoes, and many more!
Indian’s clearly don’t value their personal space like the American’s do. Is there mutual agreement that the people pictured here look like birds on an electricity line? Furthermore, I don’t think the Americans could you cope with being this close to complete strangers.
If you live in Dubai, and just so happen to be a regular citizen forced to use public transportation instead of a fancy Range Rover or Lamborghini to get to-and-from work, you’re not completely out of luck. Fortunately, Dubai uses air conditioned bus stops to keep people cool in the excruciating year-round heat and humidity.
Brazil’s futuristic glass-tube bus stops are designed to enable faster and more efficient boarding. These “tube stations” are leading the revolution in Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) travel, and Brazil is at the center of it’s success. There are currently 357 tube stations in the Brazilian city of Curitiba alone.
France has its own vision for the future of bussing: Free WiFi, coffee kiosks, and easy to access electric city bikes. The people of Paris can’t complain. These stations have been coined “a place for social innovation” given Paris’ large commuter population.
The EyeStops, designed by the SENSEable City Lab of MIT has completely changed the image of public transportation in the city of Florence. These interactive urban stations are completely solar-powered and boast touchscreen displays of everything from bus schedules and routing shortcuts to bus location tracking. Check out even more pictures of these stations in use here.
If you ever happen to stumble into Austria, it might be worthwhile to check out this piece of art in the village of Krumbach. This whimsical structure was designed by Japanese based Sou Fujimoto architects and undoubtably challenges the status quo of traditional Austrian infrastructure.
6. The Netherlands
This “video bus stop”, located in Groningen, is made up of marble, glass, and corrugated steel, and situated in a forest-like environment. The structure features built-in TV monitors to serve commuters leisure while awaiting for their bus.
Designed by Los Angeles based architect Frank Gehry, this art project turned bus stop situated in Braunschweiger Square looks like the ordinary U.S. bus stop pictured above. Although it boasts no advanced technology features like many prior, its fascinating overhead is truly a work of art.
The “IKEA stop” is a clever advertising campaign strategy by presumably IKEA’s marketing team. By turning a traditional wood and steel seating area into a comfy living room space, IKEA hopes to sway customers in their direction. This clearly outdoes billboard advertising.
So technically this is a picture of an old Soviet Union roadside bus shelter, but it is still alive in the city of Moscow today (despite being on verge of collapse). This bus stop is just one of many examples of how horrible communism was for Russia. Clearly, had the Soviet Union not been defeated, Russia today would look more like the Stone Age than the technologically advanced modern society we have today.
The Bohl Bus and Tram Stop is located in the city of St. Gallen. This chrome and steel truss structure has a steel arch nearly 40 meters long supporting the roof which expands at a depth of nearly eight meters from its center. The Bohl is one of the most spacious bus stops in Switzerland and in the world today.
Could we really expect any more than this eyesore of a bus stop from the totalitarian communist state of Cuba? Located in Tacajo, Holguin, Cuba, this graffiti-littered bus stop likely belongs to the state. Actually lets take that back, it without a question belongs to the state.