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Competition: EuroVelo Stops

An open international contest has been announced for a series of pop-up cabins along the long-distance EuroVelo 6 cycle route (Deadline: 16 October)

Open to all individuals and teams of up to four members – the competition seeks ‘elegant’ proposals for new off-the-grid cabins for cycle tourists journeying along the 4,400km long path which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea.

Proposals for the maximum 20m² structures should be cost-effective, space efficient, easily recognisable, adaptable and feature a toilet, shower, bike rack for up to four cycles along with a mosquito-proof sleeping space for four guests and an information display. Schemes may occupy any site and must be versatile enough to be constructed in a range of different locations.

EuroVelo 6

EuroVelo 6

EuroVelo 6

According to the brief: ‘Participants are tasked with creating subtle and intriguing designs for rest stop cabins that can be located along the length of the EuroVelo 6 cycle path. The cabins should reflect the European identity, with a design aesthetic that could become iconic in its own right. Each cabin should provide safe, comfortable, and inviting lodgings where cyclists can rest and refuel.

‘Since the cycle routes are a chance for people to get back to nature, the jury are looking for simple designs in keeping with the context. These cabins should form a new and unique, quality product for the European Union to be adapted and replicated along this route. The winning designs for the Euro Velo Stops competition will be considered for construction as a part of the Bright Blueprint initiative as a way to help support Europe’s Velo culture.’

Founded in the mid-1990s, EuroVelo is a proposed network of 14 cycle routes crisscrossing the European sub-continent. EuroVelo 6 crosses the entire width of Europe starting in France and terminating in Romania.

EuroVelo 6

EuroVelo 6

Source: Image by ODLG

EuroVelo 6

The picturesque route crosses ten countries – including Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, and Bulgaria. Large tranches of the path follow rivers and a total of four UNESCO world heritage sites are also included.

The latest competition seeks proposals for a range of 20m² cabins which could be constructed in different locations along the cycle path. Proposals should accommodate up to four cyclists with storage space, a cooking area, and showering and toilet facilities.

The overall winner will receive a $3,000 prize while a second prize of $1,500 and third prize of $500 will also be awarded along with a student prize and green award worth $500 each.

How to apply

Deadline

The registration deadline is 16 October and submissions must be completed by 12 November.

Fee

Early bird registration from 7 May to 15 June: $90
Advance registration from 16 June to 27 July: $120
Last minute registration from 28 July to 16 October: $140

Contact details

Email: hello@beebreeders.com

Visit the competition website for more information

Cyclist Bothy case study: Q&A with Mhairi Dobbie

The co-founder of Studio Hebrides Architecture discuss lessons learned designing a cyclist cabin for the Hebridean Way in Scotland

Mhairi Dobbie

Mhairi Dobbie

Mhairi Dobbie

How will your project deliver a specialised bothy for cyclists appropriate for scenic locations?

Our cycling bothy is designed for a remote island location in North Uist, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The site is located on the popular ‘Hebridean Way’ cycling route which offers a stunning journey through the islands that make up the Outer Hebrides. The bothy is designed to accommodate short-stay cyclists looking for a cosy retreat for a night or two. The interior provides a small and flexible living and sleeping area with an adjoining area for the storage of bikes and outdoor gear. The site enjoys stunning views of the Hebridean machair and nearby rugged West coast shoreline. The bothy seeks to provide the visiting cyclists with a feeling of protection from the often wild Hebridean elements, whilst also providing small framed views of the surrounding landscape. The forms and construction method proposed for the bothy are intended to be quick to erect, whilst also being robust and capable of withstanding the wild Hebridean winters. The building is a timber and plywood frame sized so that it could be prefabricated and transported to site as one unit.

Cyclist Bothy by Studio Hebrides Architecture

Cyclist Bothy by Studio Hebrides Architecture

Cyclist Bothy by Studio Hebrides Architecture

Which architectural, material, visual and other methods did you harness in your design?

We wanted the design to be a modern interpretation of the traditional Scottish stone bothies that you often see tucked away in the Highlands. We used similar proportions to the stone bothies, and settled on a simple rectangular long house form for the plan. For the exterior finish, we proposed using a sleek milled aluminium profiled cladding; this is a nod to the traditional Hebridean agricultural sheds, but detailed with more architectural consideration to indicate that something more unique lies beyond the exterior walls. A large sliding metal door provides access to the integral bike store and a separate robust entrance door opens directly into the main living space. The interior finish was designed to be functional but with a modern simplicity; plywood lined walls offer a more contemporary finish and the installation of a peat stove ensures comfort and a focal point to the living area. The design response seeks to interpret the Hebridean architectural and cultural identity while providing a safe and functional space for cyclists to rest and enjoy the unique landscape on offer.

Cyclist Bothy by Studio Hebrides Architecture

Cyclist Bothy by Studio Hebrides Architecture

Cyclist Bothy by Studio Hebrides Architecture

What advice would you have to contest participants on designing a cabin for cyclists following the EuroVelo route?

We would advise them to design a space that provides solace and respite for the cyclists while offering a high-quality architectural solution that responds to the unique landscape that surrounds it. When staying in a bothy, the visitor almost wants to feel hidden from view and immersed in the landscape that surrounds them. The feeling of solitude and peace can be captured by the designer in their architectural response, by using simple forms and by responding to the landscape and local cultural context. Quiet, reflective spaces by a warm fireplace with a beautiful view beyond are key to the success of a remote bothy.

Cyclist Bothy by Studio Hebrides Architecture

Cyclist Bothy by Studio Hebrides Architecture

Cyclist Bothy by Studio Hebrides Architecture