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Bankside Bikeshed Contest by the Architecture Foundation, London, UK

24 Mar 2011

Bankside Bikeshed Competition Winner

Studio Meda win Bankside Bikeshed Contest

The Architecture Foundation, on behalf of Better Bankside, is delighted to announce the winner of a competition to design a modular, portable, secure cycle parking solution to serve the Bankside area of London.

Studio Meda’s design integrates a simple roof structure providing shelter from the rain with the locking facilities required for the secure storage of bicycles. The result is a clean, elegant and sustainable solution that would be instantly recognisable across Bankside.

Bikeshed design by Studio Meda
Bankside Bikeshed design Bankside Bikeshed Competition winner
Bankside Bikeshed Competition design – images courtesy AF

Studio Meda’s design will be built as a prototype later this year. The shortlist were selected anonymously from over 50 entries and interviewed by a panel including: Jonathan Bell, Architecture Editor, Wallpaper* magazine; Sarah Ichioka, Director, The Architecture Foundation; Deborah Saunt, Director, DSDHA; Giles Semper, Deputy CEO, Better Bankside; Ashok Sinha, Chief Executive, London Cycling Campaign and Sarah Walton, Assistant Director, Cross River Partnership.

This competition forms part of Better Bankside’s ‘Smart Green Business’ Strategy; a project that involves working with member businesses to improve their environmental performance. This currently includes a free recycling scheme, public realm improvements and information events, as well as actively promoting cycling for commuting and work related trips though its Travel Planning programme.

The issue of cycle parking has been high on the agenda of Better Bankside for the last few years. Data from the Bankside Employee Travel Survey 2010 indicate that up to 17% of trips made to Bankside on a regular basis are by bicycle. Discussion with member businesses has highlighted the problem of finding space for cycle parking, particularly when premises are leased or in older buildings. Better Bankside has therefore set a target to establish a secure cycle park in the western end of the BID area by March 2011.

Giles Semper, Deputy CEO, Better Bankside said: ‘We were thrilled by the quality of all the schemes, particularly those that reached the shortlist. And we were right behind the decision to make Studio Meda the winner. Their elegant scheme – for which the title ‘shed’ seems somewhat demeaning – can work for both visitors & local employees, and can comfortably sit alongside the best of Bankside’s architecture. It is now our intention to identify a site and work with partners to implement a prototype as soon as we are able.’ Ashok Sinha, Chief Executive, London Cycling Campaign adds: ‘At first glance not looking like a bikeshed at all, this elegant yet economic design by Studio Meda not only provides robust and sheltered cycle parking but does so with an aesthetic that would enable it to hold its own outside any of Bankside’s many statement buildings.’

Deborah Saunt, Director, DSDHA comments: ‘The wide range of entries was really surprising and positively demonstrated the diverse culture of design that takes an active interest in this scale of the designing for the city. We greatly enjoyed the rich imagination of the designs and as a jury we were mindful that practical, robust requirements had to go hand in hand with delight, as well as contributing positively to the urban realm.’

Sarah Walton, Assistant Director, Cross River Partnership says: ‘ I am very excited about the contribution this design will make to the distinctiveness and continued regeneration of the Bankside area.’

Bikeshed Contest Winner information from Architecture Foundation

17+15 Mar 2011

Bankside Bikeshed Competition Shortlist

The five Bankside Bikeshed Contest finalists were selected from over 50 entries:

– Atmos
Bankside Bikeshed Competition Entry
Bankside Bikeshed Competition design courtesy AF

– Dream Studio
Bankside Bikeshed Competition Entry

Bankside Bikeshed Competition design courtesy AF
– Quinn Architecture
Bankside Bikeshed Competition Entry
Bankside Bikeshed Competition design courtesy AF

– Studio Meda
Bankside Bikeshed Competition Entry
Bankside Bikeshed Competition design courtesy AF

– Tughela Gino Architecture
Bankside Bikeshed Competition Entry
Bankside Bikeshed Competition design courtesy AF

7 Jan 2011

Bankside Bikeshed Competition

The Architecture Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of an open international design competition to design a modular, portable and secure cycle parking solution on behalf of Better Bankside Business Improvement District (BID).

Bankside cyclist:
Bankside cyclist
courtesy Better Bankside

The competition forms part of Better Bankside’s ‘Smart Green Business strategy’ – a new EU funded project to improve local businesses’ environmental performance. This currently includes a free recycling scheme, public realm improvements and information events. It is also actively promoting cycling for commuting and work related trips though its Travel Planning programme.

The issue of cycle parking has been high on the agenda of Better Bankside for the last few years. Data from a recent local survey indicate that up to 17% of trips made to Bankside on a regular basis are by bicycle. Discussion with member businesses has highlighted the problem of finding space for cycle parking, particularly when premises are leased or in older buildings. Better Bankside has therefore set a target to establish a secure cycle park in the western end of the BID area by March 2011.

The Bankside Bikeshed design competition is open, but not limited to: architects, designers, artists, product designers, and related disciplines. The Architecture Foundation encourages design teams to suggest flexible and innovative yet realisable designs for this portable structure. The winning Bankside Bikeshed design will be built as a prototype.

Bankside Bikeshed Contest entries will be judged anonymously by a jury including Deborah Saunt, Director, DSDHA; Ashok Sinha, Chief Executive, London Cycling Campaign; Sarah Ichioka, Director, The Architecture Foundation and Jonathan Bell Architecture Editor, Wallpaper* magazine.

The deadline for registration and payment for the Bankside Bikeshed Contest is 16 Feb 2011. The Bankside Bikeshed Competition deadline for final submissions is 18 Feb 2011.

To register for the Bankside Bikeshed Contest the fee is £30 (free for AF members).

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Art Fund Pavilion
CLUI Archive photo 1996, courtesy CLUI

Image from CLUI Exhibit Subterranean Renovations: The Unique Architectural Spaces of Show Caves
Art Fund Pavilion
CLUI Archive photo Photo Date: 1998

Bankside Bikeshed Competition information from the Architecture Foundation 070111

Architecture Foundation

Bankside Architecture:

NEO Bankside, London, UK
NEO Bankside London
image : Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
NEO Bankside

Another Architecture Foundation Competition

Art Fund Pavilion Competition
Art Fund Pavilion design
picture from the architect
Architecture Foundation Competition

Tent London and The Lightbox are delighted to announce the shortlist for The Art Fund Pavilion architecture competition. The design competition received an overwhelming level of interest with over 600 entries. The Art Fund Pavilion Competition entries were reviewed by a panel of judges that included the Director of The Architecture Foundation.

Art Fund Pavilion Architecture Competition information from the Architecture Foundation Mar 2009

Another Architecture Foundation Competition:

Regent’s Place Pavilion, London
Architecture Foundation Contest

Major Bankside Building:

Bankside 1,2 & 3 – towers, Southwark Bridge Road, Bankside, south London
Allies and Morrison, Architects
Bankside 123
photograph © Adrian Welch
Bankside123


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