Manifesto Architecture created a rotating, ferris-wheel design for a vertical bike storage facility that was submitted to a design competition in Seoul, Korea.
Instead of taking up space on the street or sidewalk, this bike rack in the sky is mounted on the side of a building, utilizing the space above an alleyway between buildings. Each “Bike Hanger” can hold 20 to 36 bicycles.
The design assumes a bicycle with a top tube — a better design would accommodate step-through frames along with a way to effectively lock the bike to the bike hanger.
The cyclist (or attendant?) rotates the ferris wheel, hangs his bike on crossbar, and hopefully locks his bike to it. To retrieve the bike, the cyclist brings the bike back down from whatever height it’s stored.
A power failure won’t leave a cyclist hanging — each system is pedal powered! You sit on an exercise bike to turn the ferris wheel.