Bermondsey Bike Store by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects



London firm Sarah Wigglesworth Architects have completed a bike store in Bermondsey, London.


The building is constructed from 13 Douglas Fir portal frames, clad externally with triangular, stainless-steel panels and internally with translucent, glass-reinforced plastic sheeting.


The enclosure can store 76 bikes using a double-decker system designed by bicycle rack producers Josta.


Photos are © Mark Hadden Photography.

Here is some more information from the architects:


The scheme proposes a new enclosure to securely store and shelter 76 bikes for the future residents and workers in the Bermondsey Square regeneration area. The square is the site of the historic Bermondsey Antiques Market.


The landscape proposal by East, was inspired by the Antiques Market and was conceived as a carpet upon which are scattered an array of jewels – benches, bollards, cycle hoops, petanque pitch and cycle store.  The landscape forms the new setting for a mixed-use development by Munkenbeck and Marshall on an ancient archaeological site.


The bike store enclosure is formed by thirteen Douglas Fir portal frames clad on the internal face with translucent glass reinforced plastic (GRP) sheeting to provide natural diffused light. Light that enters is diffracted and flares colourfully on the nodal points of the external cladding panels.  The interior houses a clever double-stacked bike rack system by ‘Josta’


The external skin is formed by a series of scattered triangular stainless steel cladding panels, based on the geometry of several unravelled gem-like bollards from the external landscaping.  Robust materials and sensor integrated lighting raise awareness of the bicycle store and acts as a deterrent to criminal activity.

Posted on Monday February 16th 2009 at 1:05 am by Rachael Sykes. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Sam Marshall

    This is a great project. I live around the corner and love passing this every day. the use of materials is fantastic, and its put together really well. the small jewel in the crown of Bermondsey Square… its a shame the large buildings around it do not stand up to the quality of this great project.

  • Matt

    This is a nice project. However, the images presented here are just of the facade (and a couple of graphic bike rack shots) As are many architectural images. Maybe it’s time these photographers upsell their services. Perhaps they could also shoot a small amount of video. If we could feel what it’s like walking past this and toward and inside this, the experience would be greatly enriched. Just a thought…

  • frank’X

    Yes, but where are the bikes?

  • zetre

    That’s a pretty fucking ambitious bike shed!! Nicely done!
    Takes some skill to make something that architectonically ambitious from such a fairly prosaic program. I wonder who comissioned it?

  • I LOVE this entire scheme. Walking down Bermondsey Street is a joy in any event and this is the gorgeousness at the end of the street that we needed. The bikes will come. And given the destinct lack of encouragement to use the car – the bike shed will be used. I cant wait until the cinema is up and running at the end of this month!

  • Anthony

    Having visited Bermondsey on a number of occassions i am so impressed with the Bermondsey Square Scheme, The developers seem to have gone to a lot of effort to make this area the Gem that Bermondsey needed at the end of the fantastically “cool” Bermondsey Street.
    Cycle sheds are normally plain and unimaginative which makes this one so impressive.
    I noted in the property section of the Mail on Sunday yesterday that Bermondsey is very much the place to buy a home and given the impressive nature of the development i’d be very tempted buy a home their.
    Intrigued by the comment on the Cinema looking forward to some nights out on the Square.

  • Neil

    Wicked looking bike shed!
    Also looked round the apartments and offices. A really smart scheme
    in a really cool area. More pix and info here

  • Luxury Larry

    I also like the building behind it. Anyone knows the architects who designed it?

  • t-square

    Very nice building. Anyone know the material on the facade? Anyone know who took the pictures?

  • Steve

    the photos were taken by an up-and-coming architectural photographer named Mark Hadden.

    i’ve seen his name a couple of places. he’s really good.

  • margo

    DiscoTech…..this is so cool! I really like the broken facade revealing the structure beneath – Sarah Wigglesworth Architects have broken the ‘bicycle shed’ mould with this design.

    Great photo’s too – i particularly like the images at night and dawn illustrating the refelective qualities of the stainless steel panels.


  • In response to Luxury Larry’s message of the 16th, I am advised the Architects for the main scheme were Munkenbeck and Marshall who worked alongside, East, Dive Architects and Sarah Wigglesworth Architects.
    I think they’ve all done a good job contributing positively to the regeneration of the Square.

  • I think then cinema opens end of this month and the restaurant beginning of next. The hotel doesnt open until April though. The cinema is the bit im looking forward to most. Apparently the guy that is running the cinema is going to have the cinema as a venue throughout film festival week. When it opens ill never want to leave Bermondsey Street/Square!

  • sc hu yl er

    I wish there were more night shots!

  • Bill

    The clever thing about this is that the steel panels are all the same, the effect is made by rotating them each time – and they have a brushed surface so catch the light in different ways. Finally scotches Pevsner’s putdown that a bicycle shed is not architecture.