International Architecture Competition

European
Velo
Stops

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

European 
Velo 
Stops

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.

1st Prize Winner

Project name

Accordion: Combinatory Velo Frames

Authors

Edbert Cheng
Ivory Wang

United States

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

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.

Jury commentary

The project considers the 5-member form of a typical bike frame as its primary structural element. It then lays out the structure linearly with slight dimensional variations to create a simple and identifiable wave-like form that is reminiscent of a pair of mountain peaks. ‘Accordion’ presents a compelling design of glulam wood and transparent polycarbonate windows, and the submission compares itself to the ‘primitive hut’, a rustic solution for man’s basic needs. The design certainly seems feasible to achieve, and one can imagine a cyclist’s satisfaction upon turning the final corner of the day’s ride to find this comfortable shelter awaiting them.

2nd Prize Winner+
BB STUDENT AWARD

Project name

VELO – Timber Cabin

Authors

Julian Lengert
Alica Clemens

University

Technische universität kaiserslautern / kaiserslautern university of technology
+146 points!

Germany

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

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.

Jury commentary

This project was special in its advanced level of detailing, minimalist drawings, and powerful images. It features a two-story structure made of timber, an angled roof for drainage and solar panel placement, and both indoor and outdoor spaces for cyclists. By placing sleeping spaces on an upper level, it keeps inhabitants and the structure dry, while simultaneously providing a protected outdoor space below. The jury questions the structural capacity of the cabin (additional framing elements would likely be required in the short-span direction to resist high winds), as well as whether the bikes are protected enough from theft. The submission nevertheless represents a great project.

3rd Prize Winner

Project name

Saddle Bag

Authors

Malin Persson

Sweden

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

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.

Jury commentary

Designed to mimic the shape of a cyclist’s saddle bag, this project offers perhaps the most stand-out form of all the submissions. It features an enclosure of twin-wall polycarbonate and metal, both recyclable materials. The side door slides shut at night to protect the bikes as well as the cyclists within. Its compact form provides a no-waste spatial solution for up to four people, and offers various versions of the design and program for different capacities and uses. While the pill-shape section of the structure provides well-considered headroom within that is also self-draining against exterior rain, one might question the shape of its lower-curved half, which is labeled ‘technical space.’ The images and drawings are striking and the jury commends this work.

BB GREEN AWARD

Project name

THE BEACON - Flexible Biking Rest Stop Cabin

Authors

Tsz Wing Wu
Wesley Fung

Hong Kong

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

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.

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

enVELOp

Country

United States

Project authors

Elizabeth Farrell
Clare van Montfrans

Project Name

Plastic Shelter EV6

Country

France

Project authors

Alexandre Bellanger
Ahmed Arhda
Julien Blatteau
Zaur Huseyn-Zada

Project Name

The Barn

Country

Sweden

Project authors

Elin Schnipper
Benjamin Alstrup Velure

Project Name

Velopod

Country

United Kingdom

Project authors

Nick Butterfield
Tom Butterfield
Will Butterfield
Angela Butterfield

Project Name

Pausa

Country

Portugal

Project authors

Thanat Prathnadi
Joana Vilaça

Project Name

Velo Bloom

Country

United States

Project authors

Christian Steixner
Boutros Bou-Nahra

Shortlisted projects

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Argentina

Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Design (Facultad de Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Diseño (F.A.U.D.) [Sede Ciudad Universitaria] | U.N.C.)

+22 points!
agustín jauregui
romina carola

Afghanistan

camila siccardi grimalt
lourdes fugarola
carolina dahbar díaz

Argentina

Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Design (Facultad de Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Diseño (F.A.U.D.) [Sede Ciudad Universitaria] | U.N.C.)

+22 points!
maria paz debarre
maria azul fontao
eliana daniela lejtman

Portugal

thanat prathnadi
joana vilaça

France

alexandre bellanger
ahmed arhda
julien blatteau
zaur huseyn-zada

United States

SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute of Architecture

+22 points!
israel guevara

United States

SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute of Architecture

+22 points!
jae park

United States

SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute of Architecture

+22 points!
wanyu yang

United States

SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute of Architecture

+22 points!
xinxin lin

United States

SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute of Architecture

+22 points!
yawei zhang

Malaysia

lydia amalina faridan
nurin abdullah
nur syakirin saharom

Serbia

nevena balalic
katarina petrovic
marina ilic

Canada

Sheridan College, Canada

+22 points!
katie theall

Switzerland

Kündig & el sadek

maged el sadek
romain kündig

Canada

University of Toronto

+22 points!
evan webber
averill dimabuyu

Thailand

veerasu sae-tae
ratio trakoolsajjawat

United States

mitchell levy
jaime tejada
christopher alvarez
alex lee

Poland

tomasz rochna
bartosz matuszewski

United States

christian steixner
boutros bou-nahra

Germany

Technical University of Kaiserslautern , Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

+146 points!
julian lengert
alica clemens

Germany

christian schreinert
christoph boesch

South Korea

Inje University Gimhae Campus

+22 points!
junho seo
yejin lee
tae un kim
kyu ho jung

Canada

Quinzhee

guillaume fafard
marie-jeanne allarie-côté
pierre-olivier bureau-alarie
sarah dubé-normandin

United Kingdom

nick butterfield
tom butterfield
will butterfield
angela butterfield

Sweden

elin schnipper
benjamin alstrup velure

Turkey

rifat baltaoglu
sevinc ege ozgur
huseyin ozgur

United States

elizabeth farrell
clare van montfrans

Israel

gil shatal
lee behar
yahel balisyano

Malaysia

pamela tan
soon chern tan
wen yee kok
soon chern tan
wen yee kok
zan nureen lokman

Germany

Institut for new industrial culture inik gmbh

heidi pinkepank
stefan blasius
niku khaleghi
marco peschel
 

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