Cycling is becoming an increasingly popular form of transportation, enabling them to exercise and reduce the number of cars on the road which ultimately reduces pollution. The District Department of Transportation created the Bicycle Transit Center (BTC) in Washington, D.C., to respond to this trend in transportation and the growing need for safer places to store bicycles. The shell-like form of the $2.4 million pavilion, designed by KGP Design Studio, is inspired both by the aerodynamics of bike helmets and the structural framing of the bicycle. Located outside the west portico of Union Square, the 2,000 sf structure is conveniently located and offers bike parking, sharing, and a repair shop for users.  The designers recognized that this structure needed to be elegant and minimal in order to not compete with the stunning stone-clad Union Square station, designed in 1908 by Daniel Burnham.  Convenient and aesthetically pleasing - I can't wait to see similar structures springing up all over the city.  Click here to see an informative video on the project.

Image Credits: Architectural Record and KGP Design Studio