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SHIFT: the winning entry of the Trimo Urban Crash student design competition.

SHIFT: the winning entry of the Trimo Urban Crash student design competition. Image: Manus Leung and Kacper Krywult

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A side view of the SHIFT project.

A side view of the SHIFT project. Image: Manus Leung and Kacper Krywult

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The aptly decorated interior of the SHIFT project, which aims to provide a multi-use space for bicycle commuters.

The aptly decorated interior of the SHIFT project, which aims to provide a multi-use space for bicycle commuters. Image: Manus Leung and Kacper Krywult

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Two architecture students from different sides of the world have together created an award-winning building. Manus Leung, who studies at the Faculty of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and Kacper Krywult, who studies architecture at the Warsaw University of Technology in Poland, have won the Trimo Urban Crash 2013 architecture competition. The design brief for this year was to create a ‘Bike Base’, a multi-use space for cyclists to enjoy; to meet friends, recharge phones, or grab a quick bite to eat on their commute. It aimed to encourage creativity within an urban space, while using Trimo products (Trimo is a Slovenian company that specialises in structural steel and prefabricated panels). The Trimo Urban Crash student design competition was launched 2007, and is a biannual event.

Leung and Krywult’s project, entitled SHIFT, won the overall prize, and the 2nd place Jury Prize. In the designers’ project description they write: “The design attempts to capture and express the spatial quality of riding a bicycle in an urban setting. The ability to move freely from generous roads to narrow laneways and the continuous transition between well-lit openings to dim intimate space is translated in the design.” As their prize, their structure will be built in Ljubljana, Slovenia.


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