The Bankside Bikeshed proposal is a prototype for a lightweight bicycle storage shelter that can be installed through London’s South Bank. The project is by James Khamsi, whose goal was to design a new “MICRON” for London, a ubiquitous and interwoven aspect of the city. More on this project after the break.
The main structure of the trellis is made of steel rods formed using CNC bending technology. The radial pattern of the structure reveals a lightweight tectonic that recalls the imagery of bicycles while creating a structural surface. A membrane of waterproof tarpaulin is hung beneath the steel structure to create weather protection.
The tarpaulin has solid and transparent panels that create a spiraling optical pattern around the shelter. Each shed can be individualized with different colors and triangulated patterns, making them distinct to their location in the city, yet still part of the same collection of “microns” throughout the city.