A firm of architects based in Amsterdam has incorporated a rooftop velodrome into the design of a 'Bike Club' it has been asked to design by its client on a major resort complex it is working on in China’s southernmost city, Sanya.
According to NL Architects, the bowl shaped roof is doubly functional – not only does it house the track itself, but it also provides shade for the café and cycle hire station underneath.
The design is said to be inspired by the shape of a pagoda – although we can’t help feeling that it must also owe something to the rooftop testing track in the former Fiat factory at Lingotto in Turin, as featured in classic British movie, The Italian Job.
Sanya, which enjoys a tropical climate and is one of China's biggest tourist resorts, lies some 600 kilometres southwest of Hong Kong.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.