How to build for the bicycling boom – Silo in Frame Magazine

For many reasons – the climate crisis and Covid-19 among them – bicycle use is rising across the world. Writing for Frame Magazine, Tracey Ingram looks at the impact this shift may have on the built environment, zooming in at projects like the bicycle parking garage in The Hague.

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Discussing the project by Silo and Studio Marsman, Ingram writes: “Lessons for how storage spaces can help to incentivize cycling are numerous in the Netherlands. (…) The results thus far go beyond the archetypal underground garage to become destinations in their own right.”

The facility was envisioned to create a museum-like experience. “We set out to radically change the expectations of what a basement parking space can be like,” Rene Toneman is quoted in the article.

Absolutely fascinating, beautiful, innovative project elevating the experience of the sustainable commute.

Tracey Wiles , Principal at Woods Bagot / Frame Award Judge

In the meanwhile, the project has also been praised by the judges of the Frame Awards October Jury. According to Howard Duffy, founder at HTDSTUDIO, the project is a “very good example of how the Dutch come up with some great ideas. A place where cyclists can feel safe, and well, special. (…) A case-study for how cities manage (and accommodate) their cyclist population.”

The shortlist for the 2021 Frame Awards will be announced in May next year.

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