The electricity consumption and maintenance costs as well as the earthquake safety playing an important role for japanese public transportation companies. Since owning a car in high priced overcrowded japan is not cheap the japanese public transportation system is one of the best developed in the world. But there are still problems to solve.
The cityscape of japanese cities is as varied as its inhabitants. Thanks to various storage facilities such as shop canopies and a higher bus frequency, bus stops located in downtown dont necessarily need a roof and a long bench.
While a bus stop in the suburb need to provide a rain and sun protection and the space allows a large seating. The population is often older and the boarded number of passengers higher than in the town centre.
HIROzontal solves all these problems with a modular system. The bus stop consists 3 parts. The information panel which includes a solar element and a information display, the sliding backwall with the roof and the concrete bench.
The backwall can be added if necessary and the slot in the bench allows an adjustment in various positions.
Because of the uneven sidewalk it was important to create a bench which adjusts to various slope angles. The concrete bench can either be cast in the required angle or a standard concrete block can be cutted afterwords.
As the buses rarely share a bus stop each line has there own theme. The information panel indicates the line and the back walls design is following the theme.