UK Architecture graduate win competition to design French Bike Sheds

I can’t see something like this happening in the UK – sheds for all I say!

Taken from Loire & Loges

In 2005, the French National Federation of the Building industry (FFB) approached the Touraine association of young architects, the Girafe for the construction of a new age vineyard cabin.

Big sister of the cabin that the candidates are invited to create, this project already fitted in the program the Loire à Vélo® which then started to take rise. The Cycloyourte, thought as a shelter for one night, like a refuge, was born!

The “loges de vigne”, vineyard cabins, or huts, are modest constructions, often reduced to only one room, and intended to meet the needs for the vine growers to eat, shelter or rest. The first appeared in the Loire Valley in the 16th century and then multiplied to take truly their rise at the end of the 19th century. Since the beginning of the 20th century, they fell in disuse.

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.


HT architectsjournal

By Andrew Wilcox

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