Most people can remember their first bike. Those wheels were probably your first taste of independence and feeling of responsibility taking care of it.
Figure 1: The boys are playing with a traditional toy in Saudi Arabia called “Dihroi”.
In Saudi Arabia, and before bikes where known there, boys tempt to play with a wheel and a stick, that toy was called in Arabic “Dihroi” or “Dihrouj”.
Figure 2: The expected growth in Saudi Arabia
Economic growth and growing population will trigger the need for affordable housing and the movement with renting feasible apartments is increasing. According to the UN population division, only 30% of the Saudi population own homes. The housing market in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) continues to expand on the back of high economic growth, favorable population demographics, and increasing urbanization.
Figure 3: Distribution of households by the type of house across regions. (Abdulsalam,A. Elsegaey, I. Khraif, R. AlMutairi, A. 2014; 3: 530)
There is a great demand in renting apartments, especially for those new couples who get married in a young age where they recently started the beginning of the founding of their lives, and couldn’t afford to buy or build their own house.
So, my target market is:
- Single Male
- Single Female
- Married Couple Only
- Married Couple with Children
- Single Parent
Living in a small apartment (with Limited spaces)
Figure 4: An example of a small apartment
The three key areas of focus:
Figure 5: My key areas of focus
So, most of the parents who live in small apartments tempt to face some difficulties in storing their kids and even their own bicycles safely and securely. While searching I realized that there are 5 common places people are using for storing cleverly, and most of it is an unused dead space.
Under the Stairs
Figure 6: Examples for storing the bicycles under the stairs.
On the wall
Wall bicycle storage rack is the next option to choose that will also be the best choice for any of you having a limited floor space to place the bicycle.
Figure 7: Some examples that shows how to store your bike beside or on the wall
Suspended from the Ceiling
Figure 8: Different ideas of hanging the bicycles on the ceiling
4. Bicycle Shelf
Figure 9: Some examples for different bicycle shelves
5. Piece of furniture
Figure 10: Different ideas for pieces of furniture that holds the bike
My aim is to transform the purely functional racks to an aesthetic piece (with Personal Identity)
To design an indoor bicycle rack, inspired from the traditional Middle East decorative elements, resulting with a functional and aesthetical storage piece.
- Cost: Affordable
- Size: Universal, two different sizes for adults and children’s.
- Function: To hold and store the bicycle safely and practicly.
- Environment: Indoor (Living room, Hallways, children’s bedroom)
- Aesthetic: Varity of materials, colours.
- Function: Feasible to clean, simple to apply, Personal customization.
My Influence and inspiration is:
Figure 11: examples in applying calligraphy as a piece of art in 3D
Figure 12: examples of applying arabesques in furniture
Figure 13: Traditional vintage motive
Figure 14: Applying the Sadu motive by simplifying it.
- Abdulsalam,A. Elsegaey, I. Khraif, R. AlMutairi, A. (2014) Population distribution and household conditions in Saudi Arabia: reflections from the 2010 Census. National center of biotechnology information, National Library of Medicine [online] Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4174546/
- KCORP (2013) Housing The Growing Population Of The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia. The Jeddah Economic Gateway [online] Retrieved from: http://jeg.org.sa/data/modules/contents/uploads/infopdf/2040.pdf
List of Figures:
UN population division, [Online] Retrieved from: http://esa.un.org/unpd/wpp/unpp/Panel_profiles.htm
Abdulsalam,A. Elsegaey, I. Khraif, R. AlMutairi, A. (2014) [Online] Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4174546/
Figure 5: Personal Sketch
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Figure 9: http://www.Pinterest .com
Figure 10: https://www.pinterest.com/siritip/bike-rack/
Figure 11: https://www.instagram.com/iyadnaja/
Figure 14: http://www.zericrafts.com/product/detail