Lead

NL Architects: Bicycle Club

Work / Architecture

Prepare to be bowled over by NL Architects’ stunning rooftop velodrome

It’s no secret that we folks at It’s Nice That are pretty partial to a bit of cycling. If we’re not hammering out the miles of a daily commute we’re zipping between studios and meetings on our beloved velocipedes (but not in a smug way, we’ve no time for smug cyclists). As a result we were full-on bowled over upon witnessing NL Architects’ magnificent creation Bicycle Club, a stunning pavilion that serves as both an attractive public space and rooftop velodrome.

The main structure of the pavilion is designed to house a café and bike rental facilities, but the roof is where the real magic happens, taking the contours of a traditional pagoda and reimagining them as a high-speed cycling stadium. Our only gripe with the project is that it’s located in Hainan, China. Any London-based architects fancy doing the same here?

Velodrome_04

NL Architects: Bicycle Club

Velodrome_03

NL Architects: Bicycle Club

Velodrome_02

NL Architects: Bicycle Club