While many U.S. cities struggle with installing enough bike parking to meet surging demand, the Norwegian city of Drammen recently unveiled a high-tech and beautiful bicycle hotel big enough to store over a hundred bicycles. Designed by MMW Architects, the Gulskogen Bicycle Hotel is a shining example of adaptive reuse; it's housed in a former freight station house built in the late 19th century. The designers were careful to preserve as much of the existing architectural frame as possible while upgrading the facility with advanced technology such as charging points for electric bikes and a mobile app-enabled lock feature.
At the entrance, a concrete tongue-shaped ramp spills out from a circular wooden border that frames a metal doorway. A porous filigree pattern sprawls across the metal doorway and gable wall. Drammen’s nearby beech forests and leafy tree canopies inspired the intricate cutouts, which open up the interior to natural daylight. The simple palette of wood and metal is continued inside, where wooden floorboards, ceiling beams, and walls surround the double decker bicycle rack.
The Gulskogen bicycle hotel includes parking for 134 bicycles, with two spaces large enough for bicycles equipped with trailers. The facility also offers four charging stations for electric bikes as well as a floor mounted air pump with accessory tools. Access to the bicycle hotel is controlled by a mobile app that can easily lock and unlock the front doors.
Images via MMW Architects