Industrial design competition

Embâcle

EMBÂCLE’ is a bike rack concept conceived by Parka in collaboration with Guillaume Sasseville from the SSSVLL Studio for an industrial design contest initiated by La Ville de Quebec. The team earned the 3rd place in the competition.

Such as a drift of ice in a stream of water, which reflects what the St-Lawrence river offers to viewers during winter time, l’EMBÂCLE is a modular bike rack recalling shapes created by ice blocks undergoing the forces of nature. This prototype is materialized by the distortion of a steel plate subject to forces but immobilized by gravity at its base, in order to subject its integration in the city.

The support finds access from the street and allows the bicycle users already present on the road to locate a free spot. The angles in the modules are accentuated in order to provide a fluid access for the cyclist to its parking space and to limit the handling of the bicycle when he’s getting back in the street. Each module can receive two bikes in a staggered position. This way, the typical prominent elements of a bicycle don’t get in conflict. Furthermore, the shapes of the modules are calibrated to optimize the free space between the parked bicycles as well as the interspace between the units so it improves the access facility for the users.

The selected paint color is a metallic turquoise reminding the oxidized copper from Quebec city’s rooftops.

  • Year
    2018

  • Client
    City of Québec

  • Project type
    Bike rack design

  • Program
    Industrial design

  • Size
    2,5m x 5,5m | Capacity : 9 bikes

  • Status
    2018 | Unrealized

  • Photo credit
    Parka + SSSVLL

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