Rooftop velodrome proposed for 'Bike Club' in tourist resort in China (+ gallery)

Design unveiled by Dutch firm of architects also provides shade for cafe below

by Simon_MacMichael   May 17, 2012  

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.

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Now thats intelligent design, I'd like to see that on a football stadium, just to combine my favourite sports.

Why can't people think like that in this country?

Also, do they only ride flat bars in China Thinking

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posted by Gkam84 [9239 posts]
18th May 2012 - 2:39

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Yeah, That's intelligent- until you PUSH SOMEONE OVER THE EDGE!!! AAAHHHHHHH!!! Plop!

Maybe a safety net over that wee barrier?

I do like the idea (-;

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posted by Lance Bumstrong [20 posts]
18th May 2012 - 9:36

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Looks cool, but,

no spectator space
stairs to get up

obviously not designed for racing just a bit of fun

posted by chinchli [31 posts]
18th May 2012 - 10:20

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Yeah, definitely a novelty item, but very cool.
Not sure about their track etiquette in China; looks like you can ride either way, stop and fix your chain on the banking, walk your bike, walk without your bike, run even! Call in the health & safety police now before someone gets hurt Smile

posted by pwake [347 posts]
18th May 2012 - 18:06

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i like the idea of it. A safe environment to ride a bike in a city

posted by Decster [246 posts]
18th May 2012 - 19:03


Never mind pushing someone over the edge, the gaps at the top look big enough to cycle through. As someone who finds the top of the bends at the Manchester velodrome scary to ride round, there's no way you'd get me riding round that!

If cycling is indeed a sport of self-abuse why aren't more cyclists sectioned under the mental health act?

posted by hairyairey [294 posts]
19th May 2012 - 23:26

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