Bringing the Skatepark into the Home
June 11, 2012
Describing his prototypical “PAS HOUSE/Skateboard House“, a tubular, completely skateable lounge space, architect Francois Perrin says the would-be home “creates a more fluid experience of domestic space.” Where Perrin’s structure attempts to fashion an architecture whose form is impartial to historical or commodified typologies and is, instead, indexed by the activities it hosts, pro skateboarder Philipp Schuster does the opposite, hijacking a crumbling hunting lodge in Salzburg, Austria and converting it into a “domestic skatepark”.
Sponsored by RedBull, Schuster, a self-identified “DIY-ist”, began by gutting the house, stripping it of its decaying contents until he was left with just the shell of the home. He then re-inserted vintage furniture and knickknacks (rifles, antler chandeliers, wood logs), even applying fresh coats of paint and decoratively patterned wallpaper, all of which adds up to quaint, if catalog-friendly interiors. Schuster disrupts the prettiness with various concrete mounds and ramps strategically placed to cohere a (literal) flow of space. Small, waist-high ramps abut the patterned walls, unroll around living spaces, and, in the most special case, flank the fireplace on either side. What’s funny is that the concrete elements aren’t actually all that unpretty and feel right at home inside. Consider the skatepark domesticated.
[All images via dezeen]