Every cyclist loves a good place to park their bike and we love sharing some of our favourite places to do so. Here are two of the best of the best: the SRAM office in Chicago and the Iglesias-Hamelin Arquitectos bike station in Perpignan – if you ever find yourself in either you probably won’t want to leave.
Iglesias-Hamelin Arquitectos C.B. is a Franco-Spanish architectural studio founded in Madrid in 2007 by Iñaki Iglesias and Maud Hamelin. They tackle all kinds of restrictions to explore new technical, spatial and functional solutions that result in personal and unique architecture. The premise for the bike station was simple: an attractive space for bike parking without compromising the “garage aesthetic” of walls and bare concrete ceilings, exposed installations or industrial lighting. Added to this is clear signage with pictograms, large numbers and zebra crossings to help to identify its ultimate role: the perfect place to rent or keep a bike.
SRAM is a bicycle brand all about people that live and breathe bicycles and their new office reflects that. Designed by Perkins+Will, the 1920s-era cold storage building in Chicago was overhauled to include a basement with 200 bike racks, a locker room with showers, a bike washing station, and a 1/8-mile track that surrounds the outside of the building – though there are plenty more smaller details as well. There’s no mistaking they’re a bike business when you walk through the door.