Bill Dunster’s “Velocity”

There can be no hiding my enthusiasm for 8-House in Copenhagen, the building by architects BIG that allows users to cycle home to their tenth story apartment. It has recently come to my attention, that a similar building formed part of an unbuilt competition entry, called “Velocity” in London.

It was designed by Bill Dunster and his firm zed-factory, who say it:

celebrates cycling culture – the thrill of a twisting downhill run to your own front door, a race circuit attached to the block gym, café racers showing off their machines at the track bars, and above all weary commuters helped home by the central bikelifts feeding the housing terraces. 

Looking through zed-factoy’s practice profile, that you can download as a pdf from their website, there is hardly a building they have designed that does not incorporate bikes in a serious way. Thanks Lindsay Johnston from ozetecture for bringing Bill Dunster’s work to my attention.


  1. Grant says:

    Reminds me of other utopian concepts, Roadtown by Edgar Chambless comes to mind.

  2. Grant says:

    “I’ve been put off by the fact that the whole darn thing has to built, before it provides a useful bike route. It just doesn’t work with the way building projects are funded.”

    ha! sounds like our bike lane network in Toronto (or should I say, lack of one)

    But seriously, I’m enjoying your blog. I’m a long time cyclist from the retail side of the cycling industry who when back to finish an undergrad degree, and i’m starting an Urban Planning master’s program in September at the University of Toronto.

  3. Jess says:

    That is awesome!! The first time I saw the Guggenheim museum Designed by frank lloyd wright i itched to navigate it on wheels. If only those wealthy art collectors with a vision for public buildings to house their collections were into cycling…..

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