Kingsk8 Bearings,Enjoy Your Skateboarding


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In order to avoid serious accidents caused by skateboarding, the Norwegian government banned the sport in 1978, but this did not stop people's love for skateboarding. Until the ban was lifted in 1989, the number of skateboarders began to explode, and skaters also became idols in the minds of young people rather than illegal athletes. In January 2017, 28 years after the ban was lifted, the Oslo region finally ushered in the birth of its own skateboarding center, the Oslo Skate Center. In addition to having the best extreme sports arena, the center is also the largest skateboarding center in Northern Europe.

The concept of architectural design comes from skateboarding. The entire building structure consists of two special and contrasting blocks, and the same architectural concept gives them a clear visual effect. The two cantilever beam structures above the entrance are raised in the east-west direction and extend in opposite directions from the inclined ground. Both cantilever beams are covered by a large area of gold-plated metal, emphasizing the drama of the building's facade and providing a support frame for the large area glass facade wall below.


The glass facade of the building realizes a visual connection between the interior and exterior, and the bright and vibrant interior atmosphere strongly attracts the attention of people outside. Thus the indoor and outdoor space is visually connected, with the construction of high recognition, creating a safe, transparent and orderly atmosphere for the Oslo Skate Center.

The new skateboarding center is located in a prime location in the region, surrounded by the Void-slokka large outdoor recreation area in the Sagene region of Oslo. The main entrance of the skateboard center faces west and directs people into the central hall and café house. Outdoors, people can clearly see these two spaces through the glass wall in the southwest corner of the building.


Two huge cantilever beam structures with their outer cladding metal plate forms a natural eave at the entrance, providing an outdoor seating area for the skate center. In the summer, the café house opens outdoor and extends dozens of seats where people can enjoy coffee, the sunshine, and the scene of hillsides nearby.

In the east of the building is a stepped extreme sports field that connects the skateboard center with the main pedestrian walkway of Voldslokka. This allows people to enjoy extreme sports both indoors and outdoors. When the door of the Oslo skate center is opened, the indoor and outdoor skateboard space is completely integrated together, creating a unique possibility for major competitions. At the same time, the building facade is full of dramatic lines, which have been used repeatedly, not only echo the landscape, but also integrated with the vast outdoor recreation area.


The whole venues and equipment meets the international standards for holding major competitions. In normal times, it is used for practice of ordinary skateboarders. Due to the professionalism of skateboarding, the layout of the venue space and streamline is extremely difficult. After communicating with many skateboarders, the design team finally found the best solution for infrastructure and arrangement.


The main skateboarding area in the field is placed on the lower level to reserve enough height for the special site required for custom skateboarding. The wooden structure "bowl" shaped ground on the second floor has become a feature of the Oslo Skate Center. The overall composition of this organic form can be seen completely from the first floor. In this area, people can not only clearly see the various sports in the venue, but also can hold various research related to extreme sports, meetings, or receive visits from kindergartens and schools.


The skateboard center is designed with original and rustic materials to create a rich skin and structure. The perforated aluminum panels used to cover the facade of the building produce subtle changes in light changes. The hole pattern on these aluminum plates is actually the Morse code symbol. The main content of these symbols which were prohibited by law in 1978, is publicizing and selling skateboards, recording the history of skateboarding in Norway. The patterns of these Morse codes are also used in cafes and some public service areas, with content of terms and techniques for skateboarding. Based on “passive side” construction standards, the Skate Center focuses on recycled materials, life cycle costs, air circulation and sustainable energy applications, and ultimately creates an impressive sports venue combining static space with effective evacuation routes. The building information model enables all participants, from service providers, management teams, contractors, consultants to actual users of the equipment, to be effectively connected. This collaborative approach allowed the design team to find the best solution to the challenges in the process, and finally completed the skateboard center.


The overall design of the Oslo Skate Center leads the development of skateboarding and is a tribute to young generation values. The interaction between the building itself with the outdoor and surrounding green park also symbolizes the interaction between users of different ages, the interaction of performers and athletes, and the interaction between present and future.

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