A Swiss architecture firm called Bureau A designed this contraption for “a local bar and cultural center” in Hanoi, Vietnam, called Ta di Oto. It’s a bike with a tower, that has seven “stories” — seven different levels you can sit on, really. It looks like it’s about the height of a one-story building.
So, we can’t help but ask … what’s the point of this thing? I mean, it’s neat but … why?
The answer, it turns out, is basically JUST CUZ.
Bureau A calls it a “mobile house-bia-hoi-kitchen-anything.”
The architect told Dezeen that “The main purpose of this mobile device was to do a sort of humble ‘performance’ using local know-how and culture” — whatever that means.
Or here’s another stab at it from the architecture studio:
Conceived as a support for small pieces of lives, as an ephemeral house or as a vertical street food restaurant, it might deviate from its original yet wide function and become something else, an unexpected urban animal. A mini-concert hall? A poetry podium ? It probably just needs to circulate, to stroll around the busy streets of Hanoi and then it’ll decide by itself which disguise to adopt.
As far as we can tell, it decided to adopt the disguise of a bicycle with a crazy tower attached to it. That’s kind of enough for us! But we’re easily amused.
- A Super-Tall Tricycle Is Making Its Way Around Vietnam, The Atlantic Cities
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