The bus stop “The Station of Being” in Umeå has been nominated for the Beazley Designs of the Year 2020 award, which is presented by the London Design Museum. Station of Being is one of three nominees in the transport category.
The Beazley Designs of the Year 2020 competition will be decided by a voting procedure that runs until 10 November. A prize jury then decides who will be the winners in the various categories, as well as the winners of the competition.
The Station of Being
By transforming the bus stop into a more welcoming and less stressful environment for the traveller, 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 travellers that a bus is approaching and each bus line has its own unique sound. The timber pods within the structure rotate automatically to protect travellers 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 per cent increase in the use of electric buses.
The station is supported by the EU project Ruggedised and designed by Rombout Frieling Lab and Research Institutes of Sweden, Umeå.