R4A – Ramp for all

FINALIST of Cyclist House


Cyclist House


R4A – Ramp for all


Name: Ümit Can Gök

Instagram: umitcangok

Nationality: Turkish (living in Germany)

The “R4A-Ramp for all” Cyclist’s House is an architectural concept that serves as a holistic solution to promote and facilitate cycling as a lifestyle. Central to its design are seamlessly integrated ramps that allow cyclists to enter and exit the house with ease, symbolizing the connection between the cycling lifestyle and the architecture itself. 

At the primary entrance, a gently sloping ramp leads from the street to the house’s threshold. This ramp is wide, providing ample space for cyclists to ride in and out without dismounting. Its surface is made of a non-slip material to ensure safety, even in wet conditions. 

Adjacent to the entrance ramp is a covered bike portico. Cyclists can glide in from the street and park their bikes under this shelter, protecting them from the elements. This portico also acts as a transition space, designed to minimize dirt and debris being carried into the house. Here, there’s a bike wash station with hooks and shelves for helmets and gear storage.

The Cyclist’s House is constructed using sustainable materials, such as recycled steel and reclaimed wood. The ramp surfaces are made from recycled rubber, which not only enhances grip but also contributes to sustainable living.

The house includes a multifunctional community space, which can be used for workshops, events, and social gatherings related to cycling. This space serves as a hub for educational programs and group activities.

The Cyclist’s House, with its integrated ramps, exemplifies a groundbreaking architectural solution that not only makes cycling a lifestyle but seamlessly incorporates it into the very structure of the building. The ramps provide practicality and convenience, while the sustainable materials, safety measures further promote the ethos of a cycling-focused habitat. It’s an architectural concept designed to inspire a community of cyclists and encourage others to adopt this environmentally friendly and healthy lifestyle.

Jury Comments

  • Elina Kritikou | EKKY STUDIO

Giving priority to bicycle paths throughout the building makes cycling a lifestyle for this community. The use of sustainable materials and the multifunctional spaces incorporated in the proposal makes this concept successful. Well Done.

  • Patrick Meijers | Orange Architects

A building with dangerous looking ramps.


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