Following on from my review of Skateboarding, Space and the City, Wired has a nice article about some recently finished buildings in which the Architects have conciously included for skate design. The Oslo Opera House by SnÃ¸hetta where skateboarders were consulted;
“We spoke to them about surface textures and the areas they prefer,” architect Simon Ewings.
Also the Phaeno Science centre by Zaha Hadid and a park in Barcelona by FOA were designed with skaters in mind. Read the full article in Wired.
Julien De Smedt’s competition win for Oslo’s new ski jump (previous article) needs a little push to help it get off the ground. The Architectural Record reported that the project is in jeopardy. JDS have set up a petition website and are due to make final presentations to the city to try and save the scheme. I really hope they can build it, as I think it should be a magnificent project. Go here to find out more and add your name to the petition.