guy hollaway architects reveals plans for a multi-storey skatepark guy hollaway architects reveals plans for a multi-storey skatepark
may 13, 2015

guy hollaway architects reveals plans for a multi-storey skatepark

guy hollaway architects reveals plans for a multi-storey skatepark
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british studio guy hollaway architects has revealed plans for a multi-storey skatepark – believed to be the first of its kind on the world. located in the english county of kent, the proposed ‘folkestone sports park’ totals approximately 1,000 square meters and will form an integral part of the region’s ongoing regeneration.

guy hollaway architects multi-storey skatepark folkestone designboom
the proposed sports park totals approximately 1,000 square meters

 

 

 

adding to folkestone’s growing urban sports culture, the center will accommodate a variety of popular activities including skateboarding and climbing, with the future potential to provide a boxing club. designed to engage with both novice and experienced individuals, the complex includes four storeys above ground, with a roof terrace overlooking the surrounding neighborhood. two undulating floor-plates create a series of skateable bowls, whose sculptural form made visible from below.

 

the proposals were announced by the roger de haan charitable trust, with public consultations now set to take place.

guy hollaway architects multi-storey skatepark folkestone designboom
the scheme would form an integral part of the region’s ongoing regeneration

guy hollaway architects multi-storey skatepark folkestone designboom
the center will accommodate a variety of popular activities including skateboarding and climbing

guy hollaway architects multi-storey skatepark folkestone designboom
the building features a transparent skin, revealing the activity within

guy hollaway architects multi-storey skatepark folkestone designboom
the complex includes four large storeys above ground

guy hollaway architects multi-storey skatepark folkestone designboom
two undulating floor-plates create skateable bowls, whose sculptural form made visible from below

  • Why is the project separated by slabs like every typical building? There should be a continuous ramp, or snake run from top to bottom…how cool would it be to be skating the top floor and roll all the way down? … and a steep roll in connecting a couple floors…no vert… no multi story half pipe? A multi story skatepark building is a cool idea, but a fail when non skaters design skateparks.

    mash says:
  • My sentiments exactly @mash!
    It seems like the architect got caught up in the idea and did not involve any practitioners of either sport.
    A climber would say that it is completely unsafe to have skaters whizzing by as you are attempting to hold your partner suspended over a 3 meter drop to the cold concrete. And a skater might also point out that its quite annoying to skate when climbing ropes are strewn across the floor. Not to be a stick in the mud, because I would like to see this building and use it too, but some aspects need to go back to the drawing board…

    Alex says:
  • should build a hospital right next to it.

    test says:
  • there do seem to be ramps but not continuous. Bet the liability insurance is high….

    Rich says:
  • Great idea but I have to agree on execution. The exterior of the building is metal and glass. There is no continuous flow from floor to floor. Why do you even need stairs in a building designed for wheels? If you are skating down from floor to floor you will naturally want to skate to the outside of the building but there are no curved transitions between the concrete floor and glass / metal walls. It’s all very sharp. I also have to agree on a pipe. If you read skateboarding magazines they are always on a conquest to find industrial complexes with huge full pipes. This is the chance to make those skateboarding reader’s fantasies a reality. Consult more skaters to make this a great place.

    matt says:

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