The Heemraadssingel is a beautiful green lung in one of the old characteristic neighbourhoods in Rotterdam. Typically not the place a skatepark would be planned by the authorities. However, together with local skaters from our neighbourhood, we successfully proposed the idea of a skatepark combined with a multifunctional sportsfield to the Municipality. The hardest part was to convince the neighbours looking out onto the plot. Our project was awarded a small grant, which we used for a pilot project in the form of a wooden miniramp at the site. It was realised in the summer of 2010 by Hectik Skateramps, involving the local community in the building process. On this ramp, we organised skateboarding lessons together with Stichting Singeldingen in order to get local people to embrace the future skatepool.
We organized skateboarding lessons together with Stichting Singeldingen in order to get local people to embrace the future skatepool.
The skatepark is sunken half into the ground and pops up for the other half to create a sculptural crater in the landscape of the park. Our design ambition was not to create an obstruction of the open view through the park, but to use the undulating geometry of the skatepool in order to create an inviting gesture. This works very well because the gently sloping grass sides invite all visitors to stand on the deck of the pool, creating a centrally focused arena and giving visitors a feeling of vertigo while standing at the deep end, watching the skaters drop in and fly by.
The gently sloping grass sides invite all visitors to stand on the deck of the pool, creating a centrally focused arena and giving visitors a feeling of vertigo while standing at the deep end, watching the skaters drop in and fly by.
typology public skatepark and sportsfield
initiative LAGADO architects and local skaters, 2008
commissioned Municipality of Rotterdam, SkateOn
deliverables initial sketch design, design studies for temporary skatepark, design development, visualizations, weight calculations, technical drawings and details
realisation BAM – Nootenboom, Metaplus and Skateon, 2012
location Heemraadssingel Rotterdam, The Netherlands
photography LAGADO architects, Rubén Dario Kleimeer, Thomas Wieringa
awards Delfshavense Duiten, longlist Van der Leeuwprijs, longlist Rotterdamse Architectuurprijs 2014
publications Buitenspelen, De Architect: blog Merel Pit, De Architect: blog Tijs Niessen, De Architect: blog Sander Woertman, Architectenweb, Archined, Van Der Leeuwkring, HAACS magazine #4, Vers Beton x Rdamse Nieuwe, ArchitectuurNL, Flatspot Magazine, Longlist Rotterdamse Architectuurprijs 2014