A temporary bicycle storage in the water between the Lovers quay and the Ibis Hotel is the designed solution. The site allows a maximum length of 100 meters, a maximum width of 17,5 meters and a capacity of 2500 bicycles. The construction had to be self standing and a minimum of 2 meters from the quay. Because of the numerous touring boats needing to turn in this area, the building has been executed with an overhang.
The design is based on a very functional storage. Conceived of as public space and using the existing height difference along the station square of 1,25 meters a system of slopes has been created on which the bicycles can be stored. Next to its function as storage the building has revealed different uses. Skaters for instance love to use it as a podium for their stunts and tourist never leave without having taken their pictures in front of it.
LOCATION: Amsterdam (NL), CLIENT: The Municipality of Amsterdam, YEAR: 1998 - 2001, STATUS: Completed, SIZE: 3.000 m2, TEAM: Don Murphy, Leon Teunissen, Richard Buis, COLLABORATORS: Structural Engineer: Van Rossum, Contractor: Slokker BV, Photography: Jeroen Mush