So we’ve seen houses on wheels, pedal parks, caravan bikes, Vespa campers and office bicycles, but a micro skyscraper on the back of a bike is yet one step further.
Swiss architecture firm Bureau A created a seven-story ‘skyscraper’ on the back of a tricycle. Their so-called Ta đi Ôtô installation roams the streets of Vietnam’s capital Hanoi and can be used or various purposes, such as a performance space or street kitchen. The Geneva-based designers created the cycle skyscraper for Tadioto, a local bar and cultural center. The multipurpose structure’s flexible design can be plugged into the urban fabric when necessary, and allows for various functions, ranging from a vertical street-food restaurant to an exhibition space.
According to Dezeen, “the tricycle was originally owned by a steel worker who built the structure, Bureau A adapted it to fit in the bottom section. Made from a framework of blue-painted steel tubes, the mobile structure also has a small PVC roof and a battery-powered fan and lights”.
Concepts like these are particularly interesting in dense Asian cities. Hanoi is extremely crowded and life seems to be just a bit more flexible compared to Western-world cities. People are more used to use public spaces for their daily life routines like eating. Although the steel construction has the clumsy appearance of a giraffe, it seems to be very handy for Vietnamese purposes. Let’s just hope that bridges and viaducts are high enough…