behoovingmoving (behoovingmoving) wrote,

Bicycletecture, a step up from carchitecture

Cyclespace architecture (or, if you will allow, "Bicycletecture") draws its parameters from architecture inspired by the car, only it swaps cars for bikes. That is to say, it produces counterparts to great moments in carchitecture. Thus, if the Villa Savoye has a ground floor plan determined by the needs of car entry and turning, a Bicycletecture counterpart is called for, where the architect's first line on paper would describe a superb way of entering and leaving by bicycle. If the Japanese Metabolist movement dreamed of mass producing capsule houses, prefabricated the way Datsuns are made, then the proponent of Bicycletecture who is taking the Metabolist works as their foil, will ask how buildings might be produced the way bicycles are. And yet another way of conceiving cyclepsace architecture:The "bicycletect" could look to bikes, rather than cars, as emblems of the machine aesthetic or engineer's aesthetic. Those are just three of perhaps a dozen possible ways of conceiving architecture celebrating this new age of the bike.
Plan of house designed around car use.                                                                               Assembly line manufacture of rooms  

With an earlier post I started the job of finding built versions of bike inspired buildings. By rights, I shouldn't need to find any. I should accept that I am acting here as a theorist, advocating what is yet to be. But without a world stage from which to herald new theories, I have felt obliged to start out with good rigorous history, even if my topic is only the most fledgling of trends. The pickings are scarce, though existent. I found velodrome roofs and bike parking stations with rim and spoke structures, plus a velodrome that has been engineered to be structurally light weight and frugal with energy, as one could say bikes are engineered. Oh, and I noted how Gehry covered a bandshell audience area in Chicago with a fully lugged structure. 
Still, I am keen to find more examples of buildings that bring bikes inside, in the manner of the Villa Savoye's grand welcoming gesture to   cars. Above are two more carchitecture examples, that I hope will cause YOU, my dear rusted on reader, to recall examples of buildings that make similar grand gestures to bicycles. The first is an as yet unbuilt drive-through museum of the car, in China (above left). The picture says everything. Meanwhile, a built example I have known for some time, comes from the office of Seth Stein architect's. With half of the already miniscule volume of this tiny terrace in Knightsbridge, London, being given over to an extravagant car lift, one wonders if the owner can be away from their precious jalopi for the time it takes to go to the loo. Those of us with bike hooks over our beds will well know the feeling. But how many of us have actually had buildings designed where major costs can be attributed to bike love? I'm desperate for leads here!
Tags: carchitecture, cyclespace architecture
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