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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.