The architects have been inspired by the upward curling of the Chinese Pagoda roofs to design a velodrome, an arena for track cycling. Banking in the turns, called superelevation, allows riders to keep their bikes relatively perpendicular to the surface while riding at speed.
Bike Pavilion by NL Architects in Hainan, China
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‘Housing Corporation VANKE has asked us to make a proposal for a bike club as part of a big resort in Southern China that we are currently involved in. The Bike Pavilion should accommodate bike rental and a café.
A protruding roof could be very welcome in this tropical climate. The oversized top 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.’
ARCHITECT: NL Architects, The Netherlands. DESIGN: NL Architects / Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse. CLIENT: Vanke Real Estate Development Co., Ltd Hainan. LOCATION: Hainan Province, Southern China. DESCRIPTION: Pavilion. STATUS: Design Phase. PROJECT TEAM: Yong Cui and Gen Yamamoto with Michal Krejčik, Zhongnan Lao, Pauline Rabjeau. DATE: 2012. No part of this web site may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission of Morfae and the copyright owner.