Bankside Bike Sheds

Bankside Bike Sheds

 

In response to the competition brief, we proposed bike sheds designed to provide secure single bike storage whilst allowing for multiple permutations in layout and number through their modular design. The iconic pitched roof profile of the shed is formed from the folded, tapering, curve edged shell. The steel skin is perforated at the sides to allow surveillance of the bike within, whilst the asymmetrically cut bottom edges allow the form to touch the ground lightly as well as provide ventilation and drainage. The skin can form a canvas for art, advertising or branding or can simply be expressed in its own materiality. The weight, strength and durability of the steel plate construction will make it difficult for the bike sheds and stored bikes to be vandalized or stolen.

Our proposal called for the fabrication of a bike shed through the folding of steel plate into the roof and sides of the structure with a lockable front door and a fixed back. This modular and systematic folding process made the design suitable for repetitive and quick off site fabrication and limited the amount of fixings required for a complete bike shed to the door hinge, the lock, and the back elevation fixed plate. Once fabricated, the shed was designed to be located easily within a specific site or craned and stacked onto a flatbed truck for relocation to a new site.

 

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