Whether it’s bringing you to school, work, or to meet with your parole officer, trips to the bus station are not always filled with joy. Many are dangerous, covered in filth, and constantly smell like vegetable beef soup whether anyone’s been eating it or not.
But this station in Akita, Japan is a respite from this all, with it’s crisp and simple cedar wood design a warm embrace for its travelers. Designed by Katsushi Nagumo, the station is built from locally harvested wood, which is considered to be the most beautiful in all of Japan.
The bus stop has been operational for one year, and it’s beauty has not gone unnoticed in the design community. It was recently awarded the 2014 Good Design Gold Award. View more information on the award here, and to see more work by Nagumo, visit his website.