This competition entailed designing a bike ring concept to propose to the Bloor/Annex neighbourhood in Toronto. My "Lamppost" bike ring was chosen by the city, and implemented on Bloor Street. It was important to me to design a bike rack that represents the neighbourhood’s unique aesthetic character, while remaining a safe and functional bike locking solution for cyclists.
I sketched and explored various design concepts...
This design concept began with a drawing of a three dimensional lamppost. I thought about how lamp posts running along city streets, really beautify a streetscape. I wondered if lined up bike rings could have the same effect.
For the model, I experimented with two dimensional forms to simplify the process and test out proportions. However, I found that the two dimensionality effectively modernizes the overall look of the bike rack, capturing both the historical character of the Bloor/Annex neighbourhood as well as its current metropolitan character.
This is the final prototype created out of MDF that was cut out using a CNC, and then spray painted copper to simulate the appearance of corten steel.
This drawing was created using Rhino. I gave it to the city to manufacture.
Inspired by the historical lighting standards of Toronto and the elegant residential Annex area of the 1900’s, the “Lamp Post” bike ring recalls the nostalgia of Toronto’s rich historical culture while capturing the modern cosmopolitan charm of this vibrant city.
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