Here it is, I have news for who love bike so much, a building design which is built for parking bicycles. This building is called the Nunc Architects. It is a warehouse which is intended just for parking bike located in Zaandam, The Netherlands.
One thing which impresses me, this large building can accommodate for about 700 bicycles, can you imagine it? This building is designed to release the pressure on the public space of the main shopping avenue in Zaandam. As I know, many town centers suffer congestion of the public domain due to an overwhelming popularity of bike use in the Netherlands. As for information, in Zaandam inhabitants are stimulated to leave the car and travel by bike.
This town is functioned as the industrial area of Amsterdam in the Golden age. Here, goods are traded in Amsterdam and refined. Back then with the massive use of over 600 windmills. Later steam and the electricity took over. It is leaving the Zaanstreek with a fascinating naturally grown landscape of the huge factories and the small wooden houses standing side by side.
Based on the other information which I have reviewed before, the design of the Fietsenpakhuis is inspired by the archetype of the “Zaanse” warehouse. An expressive wooden structure of beams and columns supports the building and is enclosed by a shell of brickwork.
The Fietsenpakhuis is designed as a public space, so it is inviting the entire cyclist to enter. Based on my research, a huge folding door which opens completely gives access to a double-height open space with a gently inclined staircase which is leading to the upper floor. The street facade is transparent showing off the main function of its existence, the stored bicycles. The ground floor is paved with bricks, visually connecting the outer street with the interior.
The Fietsenpakhuis is sustainable in many ways, so it can fewer people travel by car. Materials are locally won, the wood used on structure and roof is certified. The building is using passive solar heating and is naturally ventilated. Electricity is generated by using solar panels on the rooftops providing almost all energy needs, keeping the ecological footprint of the building to a minimum. What a green building it is! Really useful nowadays.
Visit the Nunc Architects website – here.