15.11.2013 Florian Maier

New Public Space: Skate Park “KAP 686” in Cologne

Demonstration: The skater scene was not willingly to withdraw without an equal new place for their sport.

Due to growing public interest, the architects set up a pavilion next to the dome to inform about the project.

Cologne Cathedral was completed 130 years ago and for 25 of those years skaters have firmly taken possession of Roncalliplatz in front of the southern façade. In recent years the scene has been increasingly viewed as a problem, a new “home” had to be found.

Architects: metrobox Architekten
Location: Skateplaza Rheinauhafen, Cologne, Germany

The found piece of land lies directly on the Rhine, in the extension of the city’s most prestigious building area. It is easily accessible, although irreclaimable as it lies on the Rhine’s flood plain.

Concept

The result was a move away from the usual image of a skate park with lots of curves and ramps. The skaters wanted an urban area that offered obstacles and challenges just like in the city, only that these should be better arranged and more durable. The urban elements, such as steps, edges, terrain and green areas, should be re-interpreted and placed. No square like this had ever been built before.

Site map

The IOC / IAKS Award jury liked this solution: “Offering built obstacles and challenges to the users, this skate facility reminds every one of the conflicts skaters often encounter in inner-city locations when they adapt public places to practice their sport. By choosing a very prominent location at the south end of a former industrial harbor which was converted to one of the city’s top spots, the municipality together with the designers and the skaters association found an exemplary way of letting skating become an integral part of urban Cologne life. Moreover, the linear design chosen for the skating area is very innovative and inviting which makes this public space not only a practice area for skaters, but also a major point of attraction for pedestrians and cyclists passing by.”

Opening of "KAP 686"

Project data

Client/Operator: City of Cologne
Size of site: 2,000 m²
Activity/Competition area: 2,000 m²
Start of construction: 3/2011
Commissioning: 7/2011
Construction costs: Euro 500,000
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