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PAVE: Gorgeous Bicycle Store in Barcelona Displays Bikes as Art

Posted By Laura K. Cowan On May 16, 2011 @ 9:05 am In Architecture,Green Transportation | 1 Comment

 

Pave bike shop, Javier Maya bike shop, Joan Sandoval, green transportation, alternative transportation [1]

Bike [2] shops are usually hole in the wall places with rows of purpose-built bikes hooked up to bike racks. Not this one. Javier Maya’s Pave [3] bicycle shop in Barcelona, which was designed by architect Joan Sandoval, has blurred the line between bike shop and art gallery [4] by installing bikes in clean, back-lit displays in a modern shop with the look of a designer boutique [5].

 

Pave bike shop, Javier Maya bike shop, Joan Sandoval, green transportation, alternative transportation [6]

A collage of bike wheels adorns two walls flanking the entrance. The floor is a combination of sealed concrete and European-style paving stones. A sunken waiting room features reading material and a flat-screen TV. The walls are purple, even in the back, where wrenches are neatly hung above a steel workbench. In short, not what you would expect from a mean, green [7] bike shop. What do you think of this new bike shop as boutique concept? Would you be more or less likely to shop in a store like Pave?

+ Pave [3]

Via Gizmodo [8]


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[3] Pave: http://www.pave.cc/

[4] art gallery: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=art+gallery

[5] designer boutique: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=designer+boutique

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[7] green: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=green

[8] Gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/5801884/pave-bicycle-store-blurs-the-line-between-art-gallery-and-retail-location/gallery/5

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