Aztecs Bikes

Found Order, London, 2021

 

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Description Found Order has completed a newly reimagined bicycle shop and workshop for Aztec’s Bikes in Bow, east London.

The redesigned spaces incorporate three innovative stacking towers, recalling the ancient form of Aztecan temple structures. A naturally sustainable palette of materials has been chosen to ensure reuse at the end of their design life.

The design approach was driven by an aspiration to display the bicycles as dynamic objects within the space, while creating a hard-working clean slate for the hub of activity in the workshop and retail areas.

Working within a small budget and tight time frame, we developed three modular timber forms that can be reconfigured to suit a diverse range of product displays. The towers are built from azure blue painted timber, which complements the space’s material palette of exposed concrete, white painted block and newly installed Marmoleum marbled floor made from 97 per cent natural raw materials.

Collaboration is at the heart of our practice. We were inspired by the graphic design of the branding by the agency JARD, which developed a visual identity inspired by the Mexican heritage of Aztec’s Bikes owners. Bauhaus Group developed and manufactured the joinery for the stacking towers.

Data

  • Begun: Oct 2021
  • Completed: Dec 2021
  • Floor area: 66m2
  • Sector: Retail
  • Total cost: £21,500
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Sep 2021
  • Procurement: Traditional
  • CO2 Emissions: 16,200kg/m2/year
  • Address: Corsican Square, Bow, London, E3 3XS, United Kingdom

Materials

Marmoleum, Timber

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