Skatepark designed by champion & architect
I’m fascinated by the way people interact with the spaces they inhabit and visit. Everything from the way rooms are lit by the sun and by the lights around us; to the very set-ups of Macs and PCs at our desks – think about it: this is where – in our industry anyway – we spend so much time here, the influence of the objects and spaces we inhabit is enormous.
But what is greater still is the consideration and dynamic designs of the spaces people move in. And skate parks are a testament to that.
Former European skateboarding champion and architect Matthias Bauer of MBA/S Associates has designed a skatepark and youth club in Stuttgart, Germany. The skatepark is conceived as a combination of the three parts defining modern skateboarding: Street-Plaza, Bowl-Area and king size Vert-Ramp.
Think about the ebb and flow of skater, the desire to push through space. To challenge and defy the forces of gravity and friction. And to make that experience second to none.
When we were putting on concerts and events – it was about transforming spaces. A creative process I still enjoy today: music, lighting, performers and audience. But this is about creation.
Our very physical context – our momentary cosmos – is often over looked. So next time you’re in the office, in a park, moving through a gallery, house or purpose design space – take note of the way we interact with the very space around us.
This is the first category I’ve added to the blog in 12 months, and I want to go back looking at the way we interact and experience events, spaces and live process.