Skateboarding "on" architecture

Skaters pay hommage to OMA's Museum Park

by Serena L. Rosato
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DESIGN_ The Dutch designers from surf inspired skatebrand Dufarge produced a skateboard deck that honours their favourite local skate spot. Part of O.M.A.'s Museum Park-scheme in Rotterdam, the spot, also known as 'Rem's Flag', features a 150 meter stretch of brightly coloured stripes: a collossal version of OMA's 'EU Barcode'.

 


 

The EU Barcode was designed in 2001 by AMO/OMA to represent the European Union as "the common effort of different nations, with each state retaining its own cultural identity while sharing the advantages of acting together". The skateboard-enthusiasts from Dufarge think that's all perfectly okay. Their primary concern is landing tricks and skating perfect lines across the striped pattern. Completed in 2011, Rem's Flag has become a meeting point for both local skaters and skaters visiting from other countries. Which is sort of poetical.

 

 

 

 

The essence of riding

Although very few tourists, even architecture enthusiasts, pay attention to the spot, the designers from Dufarge know perfectly well what makes Rem's Flag special: "A large concrete surface in the middle of a city center is quite rare. And it's a quiet place, far from main roads and shopping streets. Without obstacles, people and traffic to distract you, creativity and skills define your style. Riding at Rem's Flag is a medititative experience. It is the essence of skating. And the stripes invite you to keep on riding."

 

Craftsmanship

When it came to incorporating the EU Barcode in the skateboard design, the designers decided to go basic, spreading the striped pattern accross the bottom of the deck and spent a lot of effort in finding a manufacturer that could print the exact pms-colours on a skateboard. Eventually they teamed up with the American company Generator, an established name when it comes to producing high quality skateboards. The craftmen at Generator screenprinted the decks in a limited edition of 80 hand numbered boards. The result is a work of art that mirrors the uncompromising design attitudes of both OMA and Dufarge.

 

Surfing the concrete waves

Honouring the spot by incorporating the EU Barcode on a skateboard deck seems a logical step: Koolhaas refers to surfing as a way to relate to the urban context and the profession of architecture. And surfing the concrete waves of Rotterdam on your skateboard is a good way to experience the city that has been an inspiration to the internationally renowned architect Koolhaas for several decades. If you want to take this limited edition board to the streets is another matter.

 

© Bart van Damme via flickr.com

 

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© Milo Vermeulen via flickr.com

 

 

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    • Serena L. Rosato

      Architect

      Bari / Italy

      Architetto per vocazione, web writer per diletto. Progetta spazi e costruisce idee giocando con pixel e inchiostro, occhi curiosi e delicata ironia. Attenta ai dettagli e distratta dalle novità, costantemente alla ricerca della bellezza delle cose. Dichiarata dipendenza da viaggi, musei e scarpe. ____________________________________________________________ Architect by vocation , web writer for pleasure. She designs and builds spaces ideas playing with ink and pixels, curious eyes and delicate irony . Vigilant to detail and distracted by the novelty , constantly in search of the beauty of things. Declared dependence on travel, museums and shoes .)

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