This modern bike parking facility in Nieuwegein, The Netherlands is part of a larger plan to help renew the city center while providing convenient and safe storage for bicycles. Designed by Kraaijvanger Urbis with Donald Osborne Architect, De Snelbinder is a two-story building designed to accommodated 400 bicycles. The industrial building is solid and strong while being light and airy - it has a metal screened facade and a huge skylight in its vegetated roof. The green roof also provides a more pleasant landscape for surrounding apartment buildings and improves the permeability of the site.
The bike parking garage is neatly tucked next to a public plaza behind a shopping arcade.
De Snelbinder makes a strong statement without being imposing - it neither stands out nor hides in the shadows.
The colored, metal screened facade is substantial and solid, yet it allows air and light to enter. A large skylight in the roof pulls extra daylighting into the bike parking shed.
The industrial and geometric aesthetic is a reflection of the building's surroundings.
White metal accentuates the entrance and brightens up the space as users of the facility enter and exit.
The green roof acts to infiltrate stormwater while providing a patch of green scenery for those who live in upper apartments nearby.
Durable and low-maintenance materials inside ensure the longevity of the facility and make it easier to use.
A large staircase in the center facilitates getting bikes up to the second floor.
In addition to bike storage, the facility houses lockers, a changing area, a seating area, and a bike repair workshop.
The project was completed in September of 2011 for EUR 475,000.