To many, skateboarders and an enjoyable day in the park are like oil and water?they just don't mix. They seem to embody the usual litany of older people's complaints about younger people: the clothes, the noise, the dangerousness, and the inability to execute skillful maneuvers correctly. It's too bad they can't be all sent to a park under a bridge down by the river. That's actually where New York's most ambitious plan for a renovated skate park is planned?in Chinatown's Coleman Park under the Manhattan Bridge. The prize-winning design to renovate Coleman Park by HAO/Holm Architecture Office and VM Studios doesn't isolate skaters in their own park of exile, however, but turns Coleman into a multi-use space under the Manhattan Bridge that can be used for film screenings, live music performances, public events, as well as dangerous stunts that we'll just never understand.
Nine firms were invited to compete for the Coleman re-design, in a competition sponsored by Architecture for Humanity and a Gamechangers grant from Nike, according to the site bustler.net. The first parts of the redesign are scheduled to be finished by mid-2012.
· HAO / Holm Architecture Office with VM Studio Wins Manhattan Skate Park Competition [bustler]
· HAO / Holm Architecture Office with VM Studio Wins Manhattan Skate Park Competition [Archinect]
· Official site: HAO/Holm Architecture Office [holmarchitectureoffice.com]