Foreword

The EuroVelo 6 bicycle route spans 3,600 km and 10 European countries, running from the Atlantic coast of France, to the Black Sea in Romania. Also known as The Rivers Route, it follows the paths established by several of Europe's major rivers: in France, the Loire; in Germany and Switzerland, the upper Rhine; and, stretching across the entirety of eastern Europe, the Danube.

The EV6 is one of the most popular routes in Europe for velo tourism, a sustainable and increasingly popular method for cyclists to visit and experience cities and countrysides. There are of course health benefits to this type of tourism for individuals, as well as social and financial benefits for countries that host popular and safe routes, which attract regional and foreign visitors to cities and towns along the trails.

Bee Breeders’ European Velo Stops competition tasked architects with designing a series of cost effective, environmentally responsible, and energy-efficient cabins for overnight stays along the EV6 route.

The brief requested that designs be easily-constructible and space-efficient. The cabins are intended as a chain of small and recognisable structures spanning the EV6 and providing cyclists with places to stay overnight, directly alongside the bike route. Whether a cyclist has covered 10km or 100km in a day, there are some basic needs he or she will need for a night of shelter, as a place to rest both indoors and outdoors while protected from the elements. The cabin designs were requested to include space for up to 4 cyclists and their bikes, a toilet and shower, a counter for food preparation, an information panel for maps or other documentation, and some consideration for amenities within the immediate landscape, such as benches or exterior fire pits.

The jury considered each proposal for these requirements. Questions that came up included: What is the correct scale for such a shelter? Can it be mass-produced or easily constructed using local materials? Has the design introduced some innovative element that separates it from the typical A-frame or lean-to structure common for housing cyclists or hikers?

Submissions included ideas ranging from mobile applications to manage and locate the series of velo stops, methods for recycling and reusing materials sustainably, and solutions for both pre-fabricated or site-constructed cabins to be implemented in any of the ten countries that comprise the EV6. Bee Breeders would like to thank each participant for their work. This is one of several competitions Bee Breeders has organised seeking designs for ‘small-scale’ temporary shelters, and it finds that new ideas are always being proposed.

COMPETITION ORGANISERS
European 
Velo 
Stops

1st Prize Winner

Project name

Accordion: Combinatory Velo Frames

We see the architecture vision competition as a fertile ground for us to exercise our design muscles – to think through program materiality, construction, and other issues, outside traditional contexts. Architectural design takes a long time. However, in the realm of competitions, our creative spirit can manifest much quicker. The competition challenges us to test ideas and rethink convention.

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Authors Edbert Cheng, Ivory Wang
Country United States

2nd Prize Winner +
BB STUDENT AWARD

Project name

VELO – Timber Cabin

We were highly interested in the task set by the competition, to encourage people to explore Europe and to support the European idea. Architecture is international. The competition is a way to experience different attitudes towards architecture and is a great chance to gain practical experience. Furthermore, we want to support the implementation of timber-structures as a future building material, so EVS was a perfect opportunity for experimenting. And, of course, it is about the fun of architectural designing and pursuing our passion as a profession.

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3rd Prize Winner

Project name

Saddle Bag

Competitions are usually a great opportunity to develop new ideas, to dream big or small, and to develop yourself as an architect. It has always been important to me to participate. I treat myself with a competition praline once in a while. It makes me happy! It is a different way of thinking, like ”outside the box”. It is not just about to solve the task.

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Author Malin Persson
Country Sweden

BB GREEN AWARD

Project name

THE BEACON - Flexible Biking Rest Stop Cabin

We would like explore and enrich our experience among different types of projects and test our efficiency within a limited of time. And we discovered, the sky is our limit.

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Authors Tsz Wing Wu, Wesley Fung
Country Hong Kong

Honorable Mentions

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Project name

enVELOp

Country United States
Project name

Plastic Shelter EV6

Authors Alexandre Bellanger, Ahmed Arhda, Julien Blatteau, Zaur Huseyn-Zada
Country France
Project name

The Barn

Authors Elin Schnipper, Benjamin Alstrup Velure
Country Sweden
Project name

Velopod

Project name

Pausa

Country Portugal
Project name

Velo Bloom

Country United States

Shortlisted projects

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BIKEBOX

Agustín Jauregui

Romina Carola

Facultad De Arquitectura Urbanismo y Diseño

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Argentina

RECHARYOUBLE

Camila Siccardi Grimalt

Lourdes Fugarola

Carolina Dahbar díaz

Afghanistan

Upsidedown

Maria paz Debarre

Maria azul Fontao

Eliana daniela Lejtman

universidad nacional de cordoba

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Argentina

Boat House Cabin

Benjamin Tan

Jesse Thomas

Australia

Lean

Alia Nehme

Australia

Pausa

Thanat Prathnadi

Joana Vilaça

Portugal

Plastic Shelter EV6

Alexandre Bellanger

Ahmed Arhda

Julien Blatteau

Zaur Huseyn-Zada

France

VELOPOD

Israel Guevara

Southern California Institute of Architecture

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
United States

Inside the Wall

Jae Park

Southern California Institute of Architecture

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
United States

The Ballon and The Pod

Wanyu Yang

Southern California Institute of Architecture

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
United States

THE TEMPORARY MONUMENT

Xinxin Lin

Southern California Institute of Architecture

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
United States

The Void Cube

Yawei Zhang

Southern California Institute of Architecture

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
United States

Kabin

Lydia amalina Faridan

Nurin Abdullah

Nur syakirin Saharom

Malaysia

Locality Through Architectural Style, An “Architectural Exhibition”

Michalis Pirokka

Cyprus

FRAGMENTS

Nevena Balalic

Katarina Petrovic

Marina Ilic

Serbia

European Velo Stops

Katie Theall

Canada

La petite reine

Maged El sadek

Romain Kündig

Kündig & El Sadek

Switzerland

Sequence

Emily Bell

Cody Uliasz

United States

The Byre-Dwelling

Evan Webber

Averill Dimabuyu

Canada

Beacon of Refuge: Velostop cabins for EuroVelo 6

Veerasu Sae-tae

Ratio Trakoolsajjawat

Thailand

THE VELO HUT

Mitchell Levy

Jaime Tejada

Christopher Alvarez

Alex Lee

United States

Modules, Submodules, & Polymodules

Tom Wu

Sid Wich

United States

THE RIBBON - EUROPEAN VELO STOPS ROUTE NR 6

Tomasz Rochna

Bartosz Matuszewski

Poland

Velo Bloom

Christian Steixner

Boutros Bou-Nahra

United States

VELO – Timber Cabin

Julian Lengert

Alica Clemens

Technische Universität Kaiserslautern / Kaiserslautern University of Technology

+146 points Buildner University Rankings!
Germany

The Medieval Milestones

Christian Schreinert

Christoph Boesch

Germany

Wall stop

Junho Seo

Yejin Lee

Tae un Kim

Kyu ho Jung

South Korea

BIKE. EAT. REST. REPEAT.

Guillaume Fafard

Marie-jeanne Allarie-côté

Pierre-olivier Bureau-alarie

Sarah Dubé-normandin

Quinzhee

Canada

Velopod

Nick Butterfield

Tom Butterfield

Will Butterfield

Angela Butterfield

United Kingdom

The Barn

Elin Schnipper

Benjamin Alstrup Velure

Sweden

inn'6

Sinan Azizağaoğlu

Turkey

Accordion: Combinatory Velo Frames

Edbert Cheng

Ivory Wang

United States

+rest stops

Rifat Baltaoglu

Sevinc ege Ozgur

Huseyin Ozgur

Turkey

enVELOp

Elizabeth Farrell

Clare van Montfrans

United States

VELO PODS

Jonathan Buttsworth

Australia

BIKTA

Gil Shatal

Lee Behar

Yahel Balisyano

Israel

BIKE HIVE

Laura Mura

Caterina Di giorgio

Italy

BIKE-THRU

Pamela Tan

Soon Chern Tan

Wen Yee Kok

Soon Chern Tan

Wen Yee Kok

Zan Nureen Lokman

Malaysia

THE BEACON - Flexible Biking Rest Stop Cabin

Tsz Wing Wu

Wesley Fung

Hong Kong

ROBIN

Heidi Pinkepank

Stefan Blasius

Niku Khaleghi

Marco Peschel

Institut for New Industrial Culture INIK GmbH

Germany

Saddle Bag

Malin Persson

Sweden