This Prototype Bicycle is Designed to Test Structural Ability

By: Vasiliki Marapas - May 15, 2015
References: i-o-a.at & dezeen
Designed by Martino Hutz, Mariya Korolava and Atanas Zhelev of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, this prototype bicycle was made to test the structural techniques of architectural designs.

The bike was made using thin layers of birch wood, called lamellas, which replaced the typical spring-based suspension system that informs the design of most bicycles. The layered wood design not only provides structural lightness, it also improves the strength and flexibility of the bicycle. Zhelev explains, "The bicycle is perfect to test how wooden structures work in different scales with different loads."

The ultimate objective of the bicycle was to be a lightweight ride, whilst still being capable of absorbing large shock waves. Best of all, the structural functionality of the bicycle doesn't comprise the aesthetics, which is beautiful and minimalist.