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Fietsenpakhuis: Netherlands Town Builds A Stylish Bike Warehouse To Store 700 Bicycles For Free

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On July 12, 2011 @ 12:32 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Green Transportation,Sustainable Building | No Comments

Fietsenpakhuis, Nunc Architecten, bike parking, bicycle warehouse, zaanstad, the netherlands,

The Zaanstad Bicycle Warehouse is located in the city center, whose architecture is largely defined by industrial warehouses. Inspiration for Fietsenpakhuis came from the archetype of the “Zaanse” warehouse, which was an expressive wooden structure of beams and columns supporting the building enclosed by a shell of brickwork. The two story building features a wall of glass on the front, brick construction and then a translucent screen back wall. A large accordion style door opens into a double height space with bike parking on both levels and a sloping ramp to access the second story. Bike lock systems were engineered with the help of KlaverGroup [7] and Cycle Up [7] to store 700 bicycles a day, free of charge to the users.

The space also includes public toilets, bike repair, bike rentals and lockers. The design of the building is also strongly focused on sustainability and includes the use of passive solar design, natural ventilation, and a solar system [8] on the roof. All of the materials were sourced locally and the wood comes from certified sustainable sources. And of course the main point of the facility was to provide lots of free bike parking spaces [9] as a way to encourage more people to ride their bikes rather than drive. Fietsenpakhuis officially opened on June 1, 2011 [10].

+ Nunc Architecten [4]

Via Contemporist [11]

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URLs in this post:

[1] The Netherlands: http://inhabitat.com/tag/the-netherlands

[2] bike parking: http://inhabitat.com/tag/bike-parking

[3] bicycles: http://inhabitat.com/tag/bicycle

[4] Nunc Architecten,: http://www.nunc.nl/architecten/?p=1764

[5] easing congestion in the city: http://inhabitat.com/nyc-ironically-announces-bikes-in-buildings-law-while-cutting-bike-lanes/

[6]  : http://inhabitat.com/fietsenpakhuis-netherlands-town-builds-a-stylish-bike-warehouse-to-store-700-bicycles-for-free/fietsenpakhuis-nunc-architecten-3/?extend=1

[7] KlaverGroup: http://www.klavergroup.nl/cases/gemeenten-en-provincies/fietsenpakhuis-gemeente-zaanstad

[8] solar system: http://inhabitat.com/tag/solar-power

[9] bike parking spaces: http://inhabitat.com/car-shaped-bike-rack-reclaims-parking-spaces-for-cyclists/

[10] officially opened on June 1, 2011: http://zaanstad.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2279/~/waar-vind-ik-het-zaanse-fietsenpakhuis%3F

[11] Contemporist: http://www.contemporist.com/2011/07/07/bicycle-parking-by-nunc-architects/

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