CITY BICYCLE PARKING /
status / conceptual design 2011
small architecture forms
Conceptual design for city modular bicycle parking. The project tackles problem of parking chaos at bicycle parking facilities existing at present in many cities. The key idea for the project was to create a modern and modular 'furniture' for the city, which could become the symbol of a 'bus & bike' scheme currently undertaken by many cities. In addition to the bicycle parking the design could facilitate greenery, benches and a place for small vending machine and advertising cabinet which are incorporated into the form of the parking in an organized way.
In a city center, park or in a housing estate, wherever the bicycle parking slipped out of control, wherever it would be nice to sit on a bench in the sun among the greenery, wherever it is worth to introduce greenery to the city and promote cycling.
section and side elevation
plan and rear elevation
rear view showing modules arranged to create flower planters and a bench
Beside the bike parking facility each parking is connected to a specially designed web portal, so called network “parking” - cycling community on web. Bike users can create an account there to track travelled distances and exchange information about different routes and dangerous spots which need to be addressed by city council. Points collected for mileage can be later exchanged for products from the vending machine.
The proposed modules are made of prefabricated reinforced concrete mould or frame with infill screen made of wooden profiles. Concrete could be a good background for growing vines and it would fit well into the urban landscape of the city. Concrete recycled form old concrete bus shelters could be used in production process.
Different modules allow for interesting arrangements and good adaptation to the context. The use of varying combinations of greenery and modules can create unique solutions of the urban furniture for different locations and could link the main cycling routes by the characteristic cycle stops.
sample arrangements of the modules and greenery
Combined modules could create new elements in the cityscape in a form of mini-parks, where you can safely and comfortably park your bike or do a break during a walk in the city or relax after a bicycle ride. Those new elements of small architecture could enhance “green lungs of city” by creating a vivid and pleasant oasis of greenery.