Camberwell-based Studio Meda has won the Architecture Foundation competition to design a £10,000 prototype bike shed for use in the Bankside area of Southwark, south London
The practice, which is headed by ex-David Chipperfield Architects’ associate Martin Ebert, saw off shortlisted schemes by Atmos Studio, Dream Studio, Quinn Architecture and Tughela Gino Architecture with Gabby Shawcross.
Backed by local business group Better Bankside and the EU ‘Smart Green Business’ fund, a prototype of the winning design will be built later this year.
Contest judge and Ashok Sinha, the chief executive of the London Cycling Campaign said: ‘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.’
Fellow jury member Sarah Walton, an assistant director at the Cross River Partnership, added: ’ I am very excited about the contribution this design will make to the distinctiveness and continued regeneration of the Bankside area’
Contest winner: Studio Meda
Second place: Tughela Gino Architecture & Gabby Shawcross
Commendation for presentation: Atmos
Winner of public vote: Dream Studio
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Bankside BikeShed competition finalists revealed
These are the five shortlisted schemes in the Architecture Foundation competition to design a £10,000 prototype bike shed for use in the Bankside area of Southwark, south London
The designs by Atmos Studio, Dream Studio, Studio Meda, Quinn Architecture and Tughela Gino Architecture were chosen from over 50 entries to the contest, which sought a portable solution to the lack of cycle parking in the area.
Supported by local business group Better Bankside and the EU ‘Smart Green Business’ fund, a prototype of the winning design will be fabricated in May with the potential for an area-wide roll-out in the coming year.
Competition judge and DSDHA director Deborah Saunt said: ‘The wide range of entries positively demonstrated the diverse culture of design that takes an active interest in the city.’
Giles Semper, Better Bankside deputy chief executive added: ‘My preconceptions of what a bike shed might look like were thoroughly challenged during the shortlisting.’
The AJ will reveal the winning project in two weeks’ time.
The competition longlist
ANA & ASD
A.N. Other Architecture
Deep Blue Architects
John Robertson Architects
KGP Design Studio, LLC
UA United Architects