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