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Bike Transit Center, Pasadena, California

This bicycle storage system prototype, commissioned by the City of Pasadena, was designed to address the increasing number of bicycle commuters riding Metro’s Gold Line. The project is made from a series of interwoven bent steel pipe tubes that integrate the bike racks and their protective enclosure. Computer-controlled bending machines can efficiently produce the repetitive curves for a sturdy, lightweight, easily transportable, and cost-effective structure. Polycarbonate and photovoltaic panels are seamlessly integrated into the form to provide shelter, security, energy, and give it visual interest.
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Plan and Elevation

Status: Unbuilt
Year: 2006
Size: 1,425 SF, 52-bicycle capacity

Project Team: Peter Tolkin, Maria Iwanicki, Nuri Miller, Christopher Girt, Jeremy Schacht, Ted Rubenstein
Structural Engineers: Gilsanz Murray Steficek

2009 Award of Excellence, Design Concept Category, Los Angeles Business Council,
2006 Honor Award, American Institute of Architects, Pasadena / Foothill Chapter