Bike Shelter, Colerne Primary School

Mitchell Taylor Workshop, Wiltshire, 2009


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The battered facade faced into the prevailing wind 

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  • The battered facade faced into the prevailing wind    
  • The bike shelter sits next to the primary school    
  • The shelters design keeps the bikes dry    
  • Untreated wooden roof    
  • Hyperbolic paraboloid shape    
  • Donated wood    
  • Plan and elevations    
  • Frame setting out    
  • Individual frame elevations    
  • Frame 5 7 setting out    
  • Frame 2 10 setting out    
  • Frame 1 11 setting out    
  • Elevation    
  • Scheme 6     
  • Scheme 6 plan    
  • Model    

Hyperbolic paraboloid bike shelter designed and constructed with children from years four and five

Motivated by the school’s desire to encourage parents to use their cars less the bike shed was designed around a donated stack of timber grown locally.

The project was developed as part of a series of participatory workshops held at the school by the architect. A number of schemes were put to a school-wide vote to chose which project would be realised.

The battened side of the enclosure faces into the prevailing wind, in the same manner as local barns. Similarly, the ‘low’ points of the roof are designed with an understanding of prevailing wind patterns, ensuring that the bikes inside stay dry.


  • Completed: Jul 2009
  • Floor area: 25m2
  • Sectors: Education, Transport
  • Total cost: £3,000
  • Funding: Green Travel Grant
  • Address: Colerne C of E Primary School, Quarry Lane, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 8DU, United Kingdom

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