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Dundee graduate wins under 30s French cycle cabins contest

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Dundee School of Architecture graduate Colin Baillie has won an international contest for a new cycle cabin on the Loire à Vélo trail in France

Baillie – who works for Glasgow-based Gareth Hoskins Architects – was named joint winner of the contest which sought ideas for two sites on the cycle route.

Open to graduate and student architects under 30 years old, the ‘Loire & Loges’ contest sought proposals for simple 15m² cabins where cycle tourists can shelter and rest during the day.

Baillie’s winning design will be constructed at Chouzé-sur-Loire between Janaury and May next year. He will also receive around £2,750 at an awards ceremony in Tours.

Baillie said: ‘I’ve had a few near misses with competitions in the past so to see my scheme actually being built will be absolutely amazing. I’m looking forward to the construction process and developing that side of my theory.’

UK-based Joanna Sharples and James Hill also won second place in the Chouzé-sur-Loire contest.

France’s David Palussière and Camille Tréchot meanwhile won first place in the contest for another cabin which will be constructed at the same time in Savonnières.

The two demountable structures are based on the traditional ‘loge’ used by itinerant wine-workers travelling through region since the 16th century.

The 800 kilometre Loire à Vélo cycle route follows France’s longest river and connects Saint-Brevin-les-Pins on the coast with Cuffy in-land.

An exhibition of 25 selected entries will also feature at the Maison de l’Architecture Centre in Paris.

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