Pulley System Keeps Bikes Out Of View And Off This Home’s White Walls

Pulley System Keeps Bikes Out Of View And Off This Home’s White Walls

Tribe Studio's renovation shows how to maximize space in an urban home.

Brady Dale
  • 3 june 2014

For a home in Sydney, Australia, a family wanted pristine white walls to show their artwork, but they also used their bikes daily and wanted easy access to them. In this budget conscious renovation, architecture firm Tribe Studio decided to turn House Bruce Alexander‘s atrium space into a secret bike holder by hanging them from hooks and winching them up into the atrium. That way, they wouldn’t eat up space on the walls that could be used for artwork.

Designed for artist Giles Alexander, environmental scientist Anna Bruce and their family, the bike system helps free up much needed room in their small urban home. From a small window in the bathroom, guests can see whether the two owners’ bikes are at home, as it opens onto the atrium, catching some light but also viewing the end of the bikes when in storage.

Bicycle pulley system in action

While not everyone has an atrium in which to store extra bikes in their home, many spaces do have high ceilings. Some sort of ceiling hack for bike storage could work really well for a lot of homes, and prevent the wear-and-tear that’s endemic to every wall where bikes simply get leaned upon.

It would be a simple matter for developers in urban areas to rig apartments with some sort of simple ceiling bike storage system. As more and more young people show an inclination to move to cities and live without cars, building out of the way bike storage solutions into new residential units could become de rigeur, and ceilings could be the right spot to put those solutions in many urban spaces.

Bike culture will have really arrived, though, when developers start building sidewalk level bike garages into new row homes.

Tribe Studio

[h/t] dezeen



Bicycle Hotel In Norway Makes Commuting A Breeze

Design & Architecture
Technology Yesterday

Umbrella Tells You Whether It's Needed Before You Go Out

Opus One was designed by former Samsung engineers and offers a weather forecast via the flashing LED on top

Sustainability Yesterday

Biocomposite Skateboard Provides An Eco-Friendly Ride

The Uitto is an eco-friendly skate deck crafted from Norwegian wood fibers


Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Retail 2017

See All
Work Yesterday

Hyatt Honors Travelers With A 3D-Printed Statue Contest

The hospitality wanted to celebrate the people who go everywhere for work and make sure their tasks were not forgotten

Syndicated Yesterday

High-Tech Replica Brings Prehistoric Art Within Reach

A £48m recreation of the Lascaux Caves in France will let visitors experience the unique place for the first time in decades

Related Expert

Nondini Naqui

Millennial Personal Finance

Entertainment Yesterday

Tripod Lets You Make Snapchat Videos Hands-Free

The Camkix kit lets you record wirelessly from any angle

IoT Yesterday

GE Develops An Alexa-Enabled Table Lamp

The first in a line of interconnected home products will integrate Amazon's voice-activated system for smarter home living

Advertising Yesterday

Spotify Mines User Data To Create A Global Ad Campaign

The series of billboards relays the feelings that people express through listening to music


Future Of Retail 2017
Transformation Strategies For Customer-First Business

PSFK Op-Ed Yesterday

Commerce Expert: Why Brick-And-Mortar Shopping Can’t Be Replaced

Erin Armendinger, SVP of bio, explains the physical need of customers to experience certain products before buying

PSFK Labs december 1, 2016

Retail Spotlight: Home Depot Reimagines How Employees Conduct Tasks

The home improvement retailer puts the customer first by initiating local fulfillment centers and simplifying freight-to-shelf inventory management

Food Yesterday

What Material Research In Beirut Bodes For Our Waste Crisis

Might building furniture and lights out of rose petals and coffee grounds point to more sustainable modes of living, as seen in Beirut Design Week?

Social Media Yesterday

This Collar Wants To Be The Bridge Between Human-Dog Communication

Inupathy claims to be world's first dog emotion visualizer

Retail Yesterday

Basquiat-Inspired Fashion Line Supports Emerging Talent

The late artist's estate has collaborated with New York label alice+olivia on a new range of designs

Retail Yesterday

Why Personalization Is The Key To Customer Satisfaction

Andrew Blackmon of The Black Tux shares how the company is using machine-learning models to streamline the fitting process

Gaming & Play Yesterday

Fidgeting Tools Designed To Help Creative Minds Focus

The DIDGETS Collection helps those who have anxiety or are restlessly moving to focus while they are working


Conference Built Around Report Launch

Children Yesterday

Helpful Robot Teaches People Of All Ages How To Code

The Root has coding expertise designed to benefit a wide range of people

Home Yesterday

Sharing Service Connects Directors With Film Locations

Finding affordable places to film can be difficult, so GETset was designed to help creators easily find good locations

Technology Yesterday

Adobe Is Teaching Machines To Copy Your Artistic Style

A new research project called Stylit uses a camera to mimic a drawing and reproduce the strokes digitally

No search results found.