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!