Gallery: Awesome Velodrome Trebles as a Bike Pavilion and Cafe in China

 
But the protruding roof also provides shade

The Dutch are both bike-mad and safety-conscious, so there’s no need to worry about anyone crashing down the short flight of stairs that leads to the lower level cafe and bike rental facility. A fence lines the interior curve of the oval-shaped urban structure that looks suspiciously like a pagoda!

But for those who merely want to chill in the shade of this sleek curvilinear roof, a breezy cafe down below is just the place, while visitors with an even greater sense of adventure can hire a bicycle and go for a longer ride as well. Unlike many awesome concepts that never leave the drawing board, this fun project, which also encourages greater physical activity, is soon to become a hip and sweaty reality.

+ NL Architects

Via Bustler

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  1. Stanley Crocker February 15, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Monsoon season will flood the stairs and café. A cool collection and filtration system on the inside of the track would be useful. However, is this place going to be in Taiwan where most frames are made? Pleasure cycling in China exists but the market is still utilitarian.

  2. badger May 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Real velodromes have asymmetrical transitions. In order for the track to effectively deal with the cyclist’s centrifugal force the lead in to the banking is longer than the lead out. It doesn’t look from these graphics that this structure could/would do that.

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