Bus stops usually aren't architectural marvels, but over the years, people across the world spend hundreds of hours waiting at these public spaces. Now a group of international architects is finally giving bus stops the recognition they deserve with a set of beautifully designed shelters.

For the project "BUS:STOP" Sou Fujimoto, Rintala Eggertsson Architects, Architecten de Vylder Vinck TaillieuEnsamble Studio, Smiljan Radic, and  Amateur Architecture Studio, and Alexander Brodsky have teamed up with local craftsmen to create bus stops for the tiny Austrian village of Krumbach. Instead of money, the architects were paid in vacations to the surrounding area of Bregenzerwald for their designs.

"The aim of this project is to link design achievements of international architecture with the know-how and skills of local handcraft-based businesses in the Bregenzerwald," explained the project organizers. "This is made possible by involving regional architects as a kind of mediator between 'foreign' creative work and the abilities of our craftspeople."

The architects looked to everything from a camera obscura to local shelters to the Alpine mountains for inspiration, and these sources are apparent in their final designs.

The project is on view at Vai Vorarlberger Architektur Institut in Austria until Aug. 2, 2014.

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[via Designboom