Bicycle Shelter

James Wyman Architects, Oxford, 2014

 

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A slender steel framework supporting a glass tile canopy designed to shelter bicycles situated within the front terrace of a city hotel

Pevsner famously asserted that 'A bicycle shed is a building; Lincoln cathedral is a piece of architecture'. In this context, the commission for a bicycle shelter at the Old Parsonage Hotel in Oxford offered an exciting chance to test Pevsner's theory to the full.

In a city that is as well-known for its bicycles as its architecture, the potential for a happy marriage between the two seemed like an opportunity too good to miss.

The hotel's tranquil terrace setting provided a dynamic site that mediates between the traditional architecture of the historic ecclesiastical buildings and the hyper-modernity of Arup's Nuclear Physics building on the other side of the road. In response to these conditions the design sought to explore an architectural form that could not only serve its purpose but would also navigate and create a dialogue within the characterful surroundings.

Although the structural framework was designed to be as unobtrusive and slender as possible, the intent was also to provide a distinct architectural presence. The handmade weathering steel cantilever structure holds a transparent glass tile canopy, laid with a diamond pattern that is reminiscent in language to the roof of the nearby University Museum of Natural History.

Data

  • Completed: 2014
  • Floor area: 7m2
  • Total cost: £9,000
  • Address: 1 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6NN, United Kingdom

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