Bicycle shed  and station square
Stijn Poelstra

Bicycle shed and station square

Kraaijvanger as Architects

The cyclist enters the station in a storage facility that’s appealing to all senses. Greenery, rushing water and lots of daylight create a special experience. The spacious layout, short routes and logical splits between pedestrians, cyclists and cars ensure an optimal flow of traffic. The underground bicycle parking has the quality of an outdoor space and is very light, thus creating a special comfort for the traveler and a safe feeling.

photo_credit Stijn Poelstra
Stijn Poelstra

Underground with an outdoor feeling
The design of the bicycle storage and the station square flow naturally into each other. In the bicycle shed there is a view of various natural elements that are also visible from the public space. This strengthens the coherence between above and below ground. The natural stone that is used on the square is continuous for the stairs through the bicycle storage. The green of the roof of the bicycle storage facility slopes downward and descends with the cyclist into the storage facility. The water wall next to the stairs connects the square with the bicycle shed. The entrance at the station is literally the light at the end of a tunnel, this spacious entrance gives a lot of extra light to the parking facility. All senses are stimulated in the descent to the bicycle storage; you can smell nature, hear the water as a symbol for the river the IJssel, the space is light and equipped with a special mural created by Silo. This mural is made in the blue of the lapwing flower, a special tulip that only grows in Zwolle in the water of the IJssel.

photo_credit Stijn Poelstra
Stijn Poelstra

The bicycle parking facility offers space for 5,800 bicycles, making it the largest guarded bicycle parking facility in the Netherlands. The bicycle parking facility is designed as an urban basement, the spacious layout provides overview and abundant light provide optimal functionality, comfort and safety. Daylight and natural green areas with plants reach deep into the basement. The existing light fixtures are only turned on when it is too dark outside. This saves a considerable amount of energy. The design is so clever that there are no dead-end corridors or obstacles. Also, the columns are positioned so that there are no dark niches.

photo_credit Stijn Poelstra
Stijn Poelstra

Safety means that there is an overview and supervision in the bicycle shed. The clear route, the central axis along all rows, allows the user to quickly and easily find a free place for his or her bicycle.

photo_credit Stijn Poelstra
Stijn Poelstra

The different colors of green that change with the seasons and the changing reflections of the water both culminate in the spacious entrance. These themes provide the user with a clear point of recognition, making orientation in the bicycle parking area easy.

photo_credit Stijn Poelstra
Stijn Poelstra

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Architects: Kraaijvanger

Photographer: Stijn Poelstra

photo_credit Stijn Poelstra
Stijn Poelstra
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