Lynge, Denmark – The client asked that this 1,650-sq-m bicycle showroom be built as a Nordic hub for cycling. The project also includes ancillary spaces for staff and other facilities. The goal was to create a futuristic retail experience, a showroom that surpasses the traditional functions of retail and inspires people to dream. In short, the idea was to create the modern monastery for the science of cycling. Hence, all the functions of the facility may be transferred to those of a monastery - the product gallery is the library, the showroom is the chapel and the workshop is the forge.
Visually, however, the interiors were modelled on the detailed engineering of a carbon fibre bicycle and feature materials such as raw and black steel, ultra-clear and reflective glass, aluminium, linoleum and back-lighting. Some thresholds and certain walls were made in oak and have a more organic feel. Thus, through materials, the space celebrates cycling's contradictions – science and nature, man and machine, engineering and emotion. Torpe's team achieved this by juxtaposing visual elements that communicate these dualities.