The Netherlands have long been a country of bicycles. While other countries built parking structures for cars, our neighbours made adjustments long ago in terms of connected transport. The Hague recently saw the opening of one of the Netherlands’ largest bicycle garages. In cooperation with Studio Marsman, Silo developed a site-specific spatial concept that offers security for thousands of users every day and sets a new standard for bicycle parking with a bright and spacious facility. The new bicycle garage was built underneath Koningin Julianaplein directly in front of the city’s central railway station. It offers space for about 8,000 bicycles and hire bicycles and was conceived as a “museum-like setting” with white ceilings, intelligent wayfinding, spacious corridors and backlit glass walls. Combined together, it is easy to forget that this facility is located underground. What’s more, usage of the parking spaces is always free for the first 24 hours.
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