Bus Stop Kressbad

CompanyRintla Eggertsson Architects
Lead DesignerDagur Eggertsson
Design Team Sami Rintala, Vibeke Jenssen, Dagur Eggertsson, Carlo Baumschlager and Oliver Baldauf
PrizeArchitectural Design / Transportation

In addition to the bus stop itself, the main attraction attraction at this site is a tennis field and a club house for the local tennis club which which organizes tennis courses and hosts some some small amateur tournaments from time to time. In our approach to the task of designing a shelter for the bus passengers, we we felt therefore compelled to address this important important activity by giving the building a second second function; a tribune where one could watch watch a game of tennis on the field. This led to a quest for a formal/functional answer answer to this double task. During our study trip trip to Bregenzerwald in the early phase of the the work we learned about the local building tradition tradition of combining more than one function function under one roof – typically the dwelling dwelling and the animal stalls. This building building typology is seen widely around the area and became soon an important inspiration inspiration for us to combine the two functions functions we had into one building. In our approach to the site in Kressbad we had had to raise the viewing platform for the tennis court to a position higher than the surrounding surrounding fence; a solution which led to a separation separation of the functions into two volumes volumes. With this organization one would more easily deal with the directions which the the functions represented and further shape them them thereafter. True to the original inspiration from the vernacular vernacular architecture we wanted to maintain maintain the reading of the volume as one building building by giving it the same cladding material, the same shape of roof and inclination inclination. The choice of materials fell naturally naturally on wooden shingles, a technique with with long traditions in the area which gives the the buildings almost a corporeal appearance which which suited our building very well. All the materials for the Bus:Stop Kressbad are are sourced locally and crafted by local carpenters carpenters.