2017 - SCHOOL YARD SKATEPARK WITH GLUE LAMINATED TIMBER ROOF - FLORØ, NORWAY
The site for Florø skatepark was very special and created unique designing and construction opportunities. The skatepark site experienced significant topographical changes – as much as 4 meter elevation variations across a contained 900m2 site. Situated geographically at Norway’s most westerly point the area receives an exceptional amount of rainfall and often extreme wind conditions. The skatepark was designed in close collaboration with local users – working together to identify their unique requirements. The user group in Flora followed the project avidly, being involved from conception to completion.
The resulting skatepark filled the entirety of the site including a 300m2 locally produced glue laminated timber roof. The roof protects from harsh westerly winds and shelters the lowest plain of the skatepark. A large retaining wall at the centre of the park divides the most extreme changes in elevation as well acting as the main structural support for the roof. This wall acts as a kind of unique axis with the various plains of the skatepark spiraling around it, somewhat akin to a spiral staircase. These plains form individual yet interconnected zones, from the back-yard pool at the top of the site, moving down through a street section, leading eventually to a modified flow park at the lowest point. In the lowest area of the skatepark the main supporting wall becomes a skate-able feature.
The considered design of the split level skatepark allows for a full riding experience under the 300m2 roof in bad weather conditions yet maintain connection to the rest of the skatepark in good weather conditions.