UBC Chemistry
Bike Shelters

VANCOUVER
British Columbia

The University of British Columbia Chemistry Bikes shelters are core to UBC's sustainability ambitions, providing secure (and dry) bike storage options for commuters and on-campus residents that encourages an already bike friendly population to bike even more.

Breathing new life in aging and
heavily-used spaces.

Built at an extremely modest budget, the facility utilizes the otherwise utilitarian bar grating to great effect: providing both a durable and secure enclosure, that is also nearly completely transparent - a win-win for students seeking secure parking but prefer to see and hear into a facility before collecting their bike to roll home after studying late into the night.

The most obvious feature of the facility is its graphic quality. Each bar is painted on one side so that when turning the corner, the building transforms from steel-grey to a lime green. The signage itself is half-again as clever, and stretched out by parallax, so that when viewed from a specific point upon approach, it resolves itself into a complete and perfect cycling icon.

 
 
 PHOTO CREDIT MARTIN KNOWLES

 PHOTO CREDIT MARTIN KNOWLES

 
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SECURITY THROUGH TRANSPARENCY

An open air facility that is robustly secure and simultaneously completely transparent. 

SUBSTANCE & SPECTACLE

An otherwise prosaic facility rendered delightful through and unexpected use of utilitarian material. 

SOMEONE ELSE'S THOUGHTS

"Civilized Cycling," by Phyllis Richardson  

 
 
 
   PHOTO CREDIT MARTIN KNOWLES

   PHOTO CREDIT MARTIN KNOWLES

 
 

"It provides a place for cyclists to secure their property and organize themselves while protected from wind and rain without having to squeeze beneath an umbrella at the same time."

Phyllis Richardson, author XS: Big Ideas, Small Buildings