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Cycling Pavilion in Hainan China by NL Architects
China is home to one of the largest cycling commuter populations in the world, but only a fraction of those commuters ride for fun or for sport. This new Cycling Pavilion recently constructed in Hainan looks to change that, and inspire many more cyclists to use their bicycles for beyond utilitarian transportation. The two-story pavilion boasts a unique architecture that makes the very most of limited space, by putting the miniature, open-air velodrome on the top floor, and adding a glass-enclosed cafe, restrooms, and a rental area on the first floor. The structure’s elegant upwardly curved profile and protruding canopy are unique from a design standpoint, but also function as a shaded canopy for the cafe and surrounding area as well.