Beazley Designs of the Year Transport
The Station of Being
By transforming the bus stop into a more welcoming and less stressful environment for the traveler, the Station of Being in Umeå, Sweden encourages drivers to use public transport more often.
The bus stop’s 'smart' roof uses light and sound to alert travelers that a bus is approaching and each bus line has its own unique sound. The timber pods within the structure rotate automatically to protect travelers from the weather without requiring any power and allow them to interact by creating social spaces.
Since these innovative bus stops launched, there has been a 40 percent increase in the use of electric buses.
Supported by EU project Ruggedised.
Designed by Rombout Frieling Lab and Research Institutes of Sweden, Umeå