The world's 10 best-designed bus stations

Slough Bus Station

Design: Bblur Architecture

Location UK

Slough Bus Station by Bblur Architecture

Photo: Hufton + Crow

You've got to feel a bit sorry for Slough: the Berkshire town was the eponymous subject of derision in a famous poem by John Betjeman and, more recently, was chosen as the location of the fictional paper company in the original version of TV sitcom The Office; but to all its detractors, Slough can at least boast of having one of the world's best-designed bus stations.

Slough Bus Station by Bblur Architecture

Photo: Matt Clayton

As a tribute to local astronomer William Herschel, who discovered infrared waves in 1800, London architects Bblur created an undulating building to represent light's different wavelengths.

Slough Bus Station by Bblur Architecture

Photo: Matt Clayton

A 130 metre glistening aluminium canopy flows down at one end to enfold a shimmering two-storey structure that envelops a ticket office, driver facilities, newsagent, cafe, waiting room and toilets.

Slough Bus Station by Bblur Architecture

Photo: Hufton + Crow

The curved construction also offers sanctuary to pedestrians walking between the town centre and railway station. The aluminium-shingled building's smooth metallic look changes continuously in accordance to the varying light conditions.

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