When designing Detroit’s latest custom bike racks, I considered the role that properly placed, well-functioning bike racks have in urban place-making. The form and function of such integral product can either work to distract or elevate the surrounding architectural landscape. Worked carefully to create designs which elevate and evoke a reverence to the existing structures while maintaining beautiful function. Thoughtfully developed for their specific surroundings and taking cues from both architecture and landscape, the racks at both locations support bike securement with two points of contact and the right space for unique bike locks. I developed these strategy to ensure stability and to eliminate overcrowding. Both product installations are made of carbon powder coated steel with a mount system available through the base.

The One Woodward building designed by Minoru Yamasaki in the 1960’s is a stunning example of mid-century modern style. I took a predominantly technical approach to develop the shape of this bike rack design. Drawing from the building’s strong geometric decorative tracery and narrow window frames, the bike racks aim to reflect and honor Yamasaki’s vision, mirroring the building’s verticality and grandeur.

The Ally Detroit Center, designed by renowned architects John Burgee and Philip Johnson, is one of Detroit’s most recognizable towers and famous for its postmodern architectural design. The activated outdoor landscape designed by the dPOP team surrounding the site mimics a secret garden experience hidden from the urban hustle. The bike racks designed for this site are positioned in a more playful manner, facing alternate directions to take advantage of various angles and daylight to mimic pattern work and shadows created by nearby decorative metal screens filtering the alley garden.

Fabricated locally by Brian Dubios. Photography by Eric Perry.

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