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The Project

An awarded project to enhance the transit experience

Seeking to enhance the transit experience and improve the quality of existing architecture and functionality, the City of Miami Beach proposed to adopt a new bus shelter design for city commuters, with the City Commission unanimously selecting Pininfarina’s boundary-pushing concept design as the winning bid.

The Pininfarina Bus Shelter for the City of Miami Beach is the winner of the Red Dot Award for Design Concept of 2019. The project emerged among a total of 4,218 entries from 48 countries and was awarded during the Red Dot Design Awards Ceremony 2019 in Singapore.

The idea behind the design is to provide a solution to the City of Miami Beach’s transportation needs, and we’re honored to be part of the evolution of the city’s identity.

Paolo Trevisan - Head of design of Pininfarina USA


  • Red Dot Award for Design Concept of 2019

The way

Designed around the needs of commuters

Reflecting Pininfarina’s ethos that living and commuting are in a constant state of evolution, the bus shelters feature innovative modular designs and contemporary technology that highlight Pininfarina’s goal of creating a modern, airy, accessible and comfortable user experience, where beauty is never sacrificed for functionality. Featuring state-of-the-art technology and amenities that enhance the passenger experience, key design highlights include a solar panel system, estimated bus and trolley arrival signs, passenger security systems, and a tempered glass frame with additional awning to protect customers from the elements.

The idea

Inspired by the vibrant personality of Miami

Drawing inspiration from the City of Miami Beach’s playful, dynamic and energetic atmosphere, Pininfarina’s shelter design is inspired by natural shapes and a color palette that captures the City’s vibrant personality.

The conceptual design’s modularity features bus shelters of different types and sizes with different capabilities according to the area and passenger needs.

The proposed bus shelters include Enhanced bus shelters for areas with major transfer locations and a high number of users. These features include advertising spaces, telecommunication, security, ITS wireless connectivity systems along with accessibility components including audible and tactile elements. There are also smaller shelter options designed for locations of limited space, low ridership, or single-family residential locations. And finally, an option designed for temporary needs that can easily be deployed and removed when bus stops are temporarily relocated during construction projects.

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