Bus Stop Bunker

You can keep your fancy shmancy new bus stops with their lit ad posters. Bus stop design never reached a higher watermark than this. Not many of these left. They had 3 slat wooden seats, always with one slat broken.

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14 Responses to Bus Stop Bunker

  1. AV says:

    Was that taken somewhere in the northern suburbs? The Whitfords area is crawling with these bus stops–or at least that was still the case in August this year.

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  2. CK says:

    Do these also double as public toilets?

    Having recently travelled into the warm and strange embrace of Osborne Park (the drums! the drums!), I was also struck by the influence of Harry Seidler on our International Style bus shelter heritage.

    The conspicuous lack of timetables is a particularly deft touch.

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  3. tom thrett says:

    Are you kidding? this is whats wrong with perth, idiots who do not appreciate good design when they see it.this is an absolutely beautiful, well resolved piece of public architecture. simply 2 lineal planes sliding past each other, singular cloumn, doubling as a downpipe, and 4 rythmic interruptions in the concrete panle, to achieve the illusion of floating, and deft lightness. simple and functional. a coat of paint, and this would be a beautiful sculpture. you can all go die.

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    • Busboy says:

      Have to agree. It looks horribly ghetto as is. Would be nice if properly cleaned up and restored (needs more than just a coat of paint, though, let’s be honest). Good nostalgia value too–spent my childhood catching buses from these things.

      Still belongs in TWOP, however, for its state of disrepair.

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  4. lazyaussie says:

    I preferred the curved metal ones myself, or any bus stop decorated by teenagers as a school project. It is in Bedford.

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  5. Anonymous Perthon says:

    Tom Thrett you make it sound so attractive in your description but when I looked at the picture again the reality made it so ugly. The illusion of floating is unfortunately hard to achieve in cast concrete, I think Hertzog and Demuron Architects can do it but the Public Works Department can not.
    And on your advice, I will go and die now – thankyou

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  6. CK says:

    And, like any International Style artifice, so functional.

    I will not countenance any whingeing about wind and rain.

    What is a panle? It’s a bus stop thing, am I right?

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  7. tomthrett says:

    herzog and deMeuron are compeltely irrelevant to this. the PWD is(was) a grat asset to this city, and left many fine examples of international style architectural legacies in our city. nothing can actually look like its floating. unless you spend like 3 gillion dollars on some bollock faced weird thing. the fact is for a low budget, and design restraints, this rules. if you dont wanna get wet, stay at home. put the airconditioning on.

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  8. JimN says:

    At least on this sucker there’s no windows or plexiglass panels that can be smashed out by dumbshits. How many modern panelled bus stops do you see that DON’T have a smashed panel in them?

    Solid concrete is the way of the future (uh.. again).

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  9. skink says:

    the bus stop at the end of our street was one of these precast gems. it was repainted each and every week to cover up the graffiti until there was at least a solid inch of paint on it.

    they replaced it with a steel and glass thing, which looked good for seven whole days before the glass scratchers and the taggers got to it, and then a hoon mounted the kerb in his car and bent the whole thing.

    Bring them back I say! every bus stop should be capable of imparting irreparable damage to a Holden travelling at 20kmh or above.

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