Posted on January 30, 2017
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Bicycle Haus

Good design speaks volumes to us, and we found ourselves drawn to this bicycle shop in Scottsdale, Arizona that combines good design with our other passion: bicycles.

Photos Courtesy of Debartolo Architects

Bicycle Haus, a steady and well-loved member of the Scottsdale cycling scene since it’s founding in 2001, needed a new home. Owners Kale and Shasta Keltz found a site, but wanted something new and exciting for their new home that would showcase their carefully curated collection of bicycles and foster the local cycling community.

“The goal was to create a simple bicycle shop that was open, accessible and at the same time a space that celebrated the technical excellence and beautiful precision of cycling as a sport that connects people with the outdoors,” said Jack Debartolo, the architect the Keltz’s called on to help make their vision a reality.

Photos Courtesy of Debartolo Architects

Founded in 1996, Debartolo Architects operates with an eye for excellence in architecture that is also practical and sustainable. While much of the firm’s award-winning work focuses on community gathering places - creative workspaces and houses of worship – Jack Debartolo, lead architect, avid cyclist and friend of the Keltz’s – saw Bicycle Haus as a natural fit.

“The building has been often called a “church for bicycles” and in many ways it is a gathering and community space. While the shop stands out, there are many aspects of the project that are very closely related to our other work,” said Debartolo. “Working with Shasta and Kale Keltz on the design of the shop was a very natural process for us – a process of utility and efficiency in many ways focused around the idea of stripping back the idea of all things that were not essential so that the new space one of utility and place.”

Photos Courtesy of Debartolo Architects

The result is a 5,000 square foot building that manages to stand out as well as blend in to its surroundings. The exterior of corrugated metal and old barn wood gives the building a weathered look that fits well with other buildings in the area and requires no painting, a challenge in the sun-drenched Southwest. Massive windows front the street letting in plenty of natural light while also enticing passersby to take a closer look. An open interior of natural wood and neutral tones creates the perfect backdrop for the bicycles and gear customers come to see. A long wood counter is ideal for sipping an espresso, while a covered porch is a popular resting spot for riders from all around the area.

“Sustainable design is design that endures at all levels: sustains the harsh climate, sustains the functional demands, sustains and weathers beautifully over time, sustains the economy, etc.,” elaborated Debartolo. “It is the symphony of all these demands coming together into a cohesive design that is responsive and enduring.”

We couldn’t agree more.

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