This Unusual Skatepark is an Art Plaza Designed for Skaters.

As a skate plaza, the design is as inclusive of viewers as it is of skaters. Located at a key entry to Seattle Center, skateboarders are not relegated to neglected spaces, but celebrated as part of the activity of public space. Skatable street elements define the park, along with skatable public art, including the only known skateable glass. Artist Perri Lynch Howard used enlarged photographs of used skateboards as a laminate between panes of glass.
The project was extremely complicated technically. The skatepark is built on the roof of a below-grade building housing the mechanical, electrical, and catering kitchen for the adjacent Key Arena. As a consequence, the park is built up of foam, with integral color shotcrete surface. Ventilation shafts required for the kitchen below are incorporated into the design.

While at Weinstein A|U, Framework Principal Lesley Bain was Project Lead 

Seattle Center 

vdZ Landscape Architects
New Line Skateparks
KPFF Consulting Engineers
Velocity Made Good

Black and White Photos by Joe Iano
Color Photos by Scott Burnham