Luxury hotel for lucky bicycles opens in Lillestrøm, Norway

A hotel for bicycles has opened in Lillestrøm, the city 18km northeast of Oslo that has been frequently voted Norway’s best for cycling.

The Lillestrøm Bicycle Hotel was commissioned by the Norwegian National Railway and designed by Norwegian studio Various Architects with the aim of making a "positive contribution" to both the area and locals.

Much of Lillestrøm’s population commute to Oslo for work each day. The hotel, which can sleep 400 bicycles, is not the first in Norway but is one of the largest. It charges a monthly fee for bike storage.

The design is described by Various Architects as a "freeform wooden roof resting on a glass box" that connects to the main square of Lillestrøm train station.

The glass box consists of transparent glass walls and a concrete base that protects the building against traffic.

The transparent glass walls allow natural light to filter through during the day and transform the building into a glowing box at night.

The curved roof of the building is open to the public and is covered in wood and vegetation.

Images via Various Architects

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