26 Unusual Bus Stops You'll Actually Want To Wait At

1. ‘BUS’ Typographic Sculpture (Baltimore)

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It doesn't get more literal than this.



2. Salvaged School Bus Stop (Atlanta)

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Designed by sculptor Christopher Fennell, this stop is made from 3 old school buses. The seat is from one of Atlanta's decommissioned city buses.

3. LEGO Bus Stop (London)

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It took 100,000 building blocks to create this LEGO bus stop on Regent Street – including signage, seats and the see-through back wall.




4. Giant Fruits (Japan)

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If you’re ever in Konagai, Nagasaki, keep your eyes peeled for bus stops built in shape of strawberries, melons, oranges and tomatoes.




5. Dust Busters (Dubai)

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In a country where it's consistently over 100 degrees with zero humidity, air conditioned bus stops that protect passengers from pesky dust storms are in order.

6. IKEA Bus Stops (Paris and New York)

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The Scandinavian furniture maker has a long history of creative advertising, which occasionally means turning bus stops into pop-up living rooms.

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7. Oven (Minnesota)

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For toasting your buns in sub-zero temps.

8. Bus Home (California)

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This mind-bending Ventura bus stop designed by sculptor Dennis Oppenheim shows the metamorphosis of a bus becoming a house, reminding passengers they’ll soon be home.

9. Candle Snuffer (Estonia)

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It's actually just an abstract-looking streetlight, so don't worry about being snuffed out!

10. The Amazing Whale Jaw (Holland)

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This Hoofddorp bus station is completely constructed of polystyrene foam and polyester, making it the world’s largest structure made from synthetic materials.


11. Concrete Loop (Spain)

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This bus station, in Casar de Cáceres in western Spain, was created by local architect Justo García Rubío from one single loop of reinforced concrete.


12. Macbook Air Swing (Unknown)

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13. Psychedelic Soviet Bus Stops (Russia)

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These trippy mosaic bus stops were designed by the (in)famous Georgian-Russian sculptor, Zurab Tsereteli.



14. Skateboard Stop (Denmark)

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The addition of a real skateboard ramp on the side of this otherwise inconspicuous Copenhagen bus stop gives young passengers a way to pass the time.

15. Scale of Shame (Amsterdam)

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This slightly controversial bus shelter displays the weight of the person sitting on the bench on a 2D scale embedded in the wall. Would you sit or stand?

16. Minimalist and Abstract (Austria)

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The village of Krumbach, Austria, offered seven of the world's top architects a free week-long vacation. The catch? Build the most innovative bus stop they could think of. The minimalist structure above is the work of Belgian architects Jan de Vylder, Inge Vinck, and Jo Taillieu of dvvt, and is meant to mimic the shape of the Alps.


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This shelter by Spanish architects Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa of Ensamble Studio recreates the rough, untreated oak planks stacked and left to dry in timber workshops in the Bregenzerwald region.


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This wooden tower bus stop by Russian architect Alexander Brodsky is open on all sides, so that wind and birds can flow through. The table and bench provide a comfortable place to wait.


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This stop by Sami Rintala, Dagur Eggertsson, and Vibeke Jenssen from Norway’s Rintala Eggertsson Architects allows waiting passengers to watch matches in progress on nearby tennis courts.


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The stop designed by Pritzker prize–winners Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu from Hangzhou, China, acts as a camera obscura, opening to the street on one side and framing the mountains on the other.


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This glass structure by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic includes rustic wooden chairs and a birdhouse in a nod to the handicraft industry of the region.


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This open structure made of thin, steel rods with a winding staircase was designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto.

23. Salvaged Door Stops (Detroit)

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In the struggling Motor City, very few bus stops have a shelter. So designers, artists, riders and community residents collaborated to create the Door Stops project. The revitalization effort builds bus stop benches out of materials salvaged from abandoned homes (like old doors), and recruits local artists to make them beautiful.

24. Vertical Garden Stop (Netherlands)

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Created by Dutch WVTTK Architects this bus stop in the center of Eindhoven uses a vertical garden and green roof to infuse some life into the urban landscape.



25. Recycled Bottle Stop (Kentucky)

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This upcycled stop, designed by University of Kentucky student Aaron Scales, is constructed out of soda bottles that have been equipped with solar powered LED lights. During the day, sunlight filters through the bottles like stained glass, and at night the stop is gently illuminated by the stored up solar energy.



26. Bus Stop Symbiosis (Portugal)

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Designed by Like Architects, this earthworm-ish structure slinks around the existing bus stop to provide extra seating and entertainment.