Singapore is making its bus stops so nice, visitors may just decide to hang out and wait for the next bus.
A new stop in Jurong (in the southwest of the island) was designed in partnership between DP Architects and several branches of the Singaporean government to “redesign a commonplace thing we take for granted,” Seah Chee Huang, the architecture firm’s director, told CityLab.
The bus stop has a physical book exchange (featuring classics like Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and children’s books from author Enid Blyton). There’s also a swing to entertain younger riders, a bike parking station, and a rooftop garden, complete with a small tree.
The stop also features a new level of connectivity. If none of the physical books at the stop interest riders, they can download e-books, magazines, and newspapers for free. Wi-Fi and phone charging stations are meant to keep riders connected while they wait. They can also use the interactive screens at the stop to learn about weather, news, and local events.
The station is partially powered by solar panels installed on its roof.
The luxe bus stop has been in operation for six months. At the end of a year-long trial, the government will decide which of the features to implement at other bus stops across Singapore. Visitors and residents are encouraged to participate in the process of revamping Singapore’s bus stops by submitting feedback online.
The stops are just one component of Singapore’s goal to test out new technology in the Jurong Lake District. The neighborhood is “envisioned to be a leading model for Singapore in developing a mixed-use urban district that is sustainable, smart and connected,” according to project planners.