Bicycle Club by NL Architects

Bicycle Club by NL Architects

Architects: NL Architects
Design team: Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse, Yong Cui, Gen Yamamoto, Michal Krejčík, Zhongnan Lao, Pauline Rabjeau
Location: Hainan, China

Housing Corporation VANKE has asked Dutch studio NL Architects to make a proposal for a Bike Club as part of a big resort in Southern China that we are currently involved in. The Bicycle Club pavilion should accommodate bike rental and a cafe. A protruding roof could be very welcome in this tropical climate. The oversized top perhaps could house an additional function. What about a velodrome? The elegant curvature of the steeply banked oval bike track creates an optimistic gesture; eaves curled upward: a surprisingly functional pagoda.

One of the most interesting features of this pavilion is its velodrome, located on the roof of the cycle-hire shop. When asked to draw up plans for this proposal, NL Architects thought it would be fun to put a velodrome on the roof. The curved rooftop velodrome will overhang the glazed exterior walls to provide shade to both the shop and cafe on the ground floor.

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