I went to Vienna earlier this year, and it’s extremely charming and deeply concerned with coffee and cake, both of which I appreciate. But I confess that as I wandered the streets, looking up at graceful churches and palaces, I often thought “what a shame it is that none of these buildings look like a nightmare structure of bare twigs and spider egg sacs.”
This proposed structure for the Westbanhof train station, by designer Shahira Hammad, would solve that problem handily. From ground level, it looks like a sort of mutant pregnant insect. From a bird’s-eye view, it looks like that insect deposited its egg sacs in some leaf mold.
Even the inside is infested:
This certainly seems like the perfect approach if Vienna is tired of being known as a beautiful, cultured, historic city with a useful and efficient public transit system, and would like instead to be known as a beautiful, cultured, historic city with a useful and efficient public transit system that a giant insect is having babies on top of.
Shahira Hammad: Westbanhof train station proposal, designboom.