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Italian Bike Lover’s Hotel Concept Perched High Above Lake Garda
Posted By Brit Liggett On April 12, 2010 @ 11:10 am In Architecture,Green Transportation | 1 Comment
Hiding in Triangles is a new hotel  for bike enthusiasts  proposed by design firm Philip Modest Schambelan + Anton Fromm. The hotel  — if built — will be perched on a cliff above Lake Garda in Italy. It is designed completely with bicyclists  in mind. There are no stairs to get inside, just bike ramps which are perfectly inclined to get you and your two wheeled vehicle  in and out with minimal effort.
Lake Garda is a huge vacation destination  for Italy. Located just north of Milan  it is a great place for mountain biking . Hoping to capitalize on this trend Philip Modest Schambelan + Anton Fromm designed their hotel as much for bicycles as for people. The hotel is accessible on every floor by a series of angled ramps that flow off of the curve of the mountainside and into the different parts of the hotel. After a long day of riding around the Italian countryside nothing would be nicer than riding your bike directly to your bed.
The hotel  hovers 500 meters over the northern tip of the lake and has gorgeous vistas of the water and the surrounding mountains. An all glass  front makes perfect use of the sun to light the hotel during the day. The top floor of the hotel will hold all of the communal spaces — media room, snack bar — as well as a sundeck. Philip Modest Schambelan + Anton Fromm have used nature to inform their bike-in bike-out structure and it seems they took cues from all the right places.
Via Design Boom 
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URLs in this post:
 new hotel: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/08/san-franciscos-w-hotel-makes-leed-history/
 bike enthusiasts: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/01/the-yikebike-a-fascinating-new-form-of-urban-transportation/
 hotel: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/02/british-supermarket-installs-bee-hotels/
 bicyclists: http://inhabitat.com/2010/03/22/a-high-tech-bike-share-plan-for-copenhagen/
 two wheeled vehicle: http://inhabitat.com/2010/03/29/blindspot-cycles-salvaged-motorcycles-reborn-all-electric/
 vacation destination: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/01/golden-arrow-lakeside-resort-named-greenest-resort-in-the-us/
 Milan: http://inhabitat.com/2009/07/27/milan-announces-the-world%E2%80%99s-largest-solar-rooftop-array/
 biking: http://inhabitat.com/2009/08/05/contortionist-foliding-bike-rolls-up-smaller-than-a-wheel/
 hotel: http://inhabitat.com/2010/03/26/rotel-a-traveling-hotel-on-wheels/
 all glass: http://inhabitat.com/2010/03/16/jean-nouvel-unveils-reflective-leed-certified-skyscraper-in-nyc/
 + Philip Modest Schambelan: http://www.scham.be/
 Design Boom: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/9798/philip-modest-schambelan-anton-fromm-hiding-in-triangles.html
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