FLL – research and development company for landscape development and landscape construction The FLL pursued by statute exclusively charitable purposes for the promotion of science and research for landscape development and landscaping in areas fundamentals, planning, design and production as well as the preparation and dissemination of policies and guidelines in these areas.
Ralf Maier is director of the rules committee for the “design, construction and maintenance of skate and bike facilities”.
Currently the “recommendation for the design, construction and maintenance of skate and bike facilities” was published in form of a “yellow print” (an objection procedure).
The new recommendation is intended for planners, designers, suppliers and public institutions. The FLL recommendation shall serve as extension of the DIN EN 14974 (facilities for the use with roll sport gadgetry) from 2010 and covers the following topics: – Overview of the different types of facilities – Requirements for the construction and building materials – Planning and design principles – Requirements for maintenance – Best practice examples
The city of Lübbecke (Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany) wanted to rebuild their existing skate facility completely. The existing broken concrete sections with the poor riding surface were demolished and replaced by a completely new skatepark.
In cooperation with local skaters, this new facility was planned. The new Skateplaza includes the classical elements of urban streets.
The skate park was officially opened on 04 May 2015 !
First, a concept was developed based on ideas and suggestions of the loca skaters. This design was developed in close collaboration with with Skatement – the group of local skaters. Regular meetings on site with the skaters allowed optimal coordination and thus a particularly well-received result.
The park will be built in several phases, the first was completed in May, 2015. A specific feature is the combination of in-situ concrete elements with clinker bricks, also the existing trees were integrated into the overall concept. Now the trees offer protection from the sun in the hot summer months. Another highlight are the slappy curbs with the engraving of Skatement.
For RB Leipzig training center, we have planned bike & skate elements for the forecourt. The work was completed in 2015.
Before the newly built Red Bull training center Leipzig a public square was planned with sculptural public space like skate elements. These elements are designed in a way that one will only perceived them as skate elements at a closer look. So they are “skate-able recreation elements”.
Visit us at the trade fair FSB in Cologne from 27th 30th October 2015, at the planner forum.
We have the chance to communicate the topic of design and construction of bike and skatepark to municipalities, architects and other landscape architects in a series of lectures by the association of German landscape architects nrw.
The international IAKS Congress in Cologne will be from 27th – 30th October 2015. Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Maier participates this year to give a lecture on “Urban Spaces of Movement”. There is also a seminar on the topic: “Urban space for skate and bike activities”.
For the issue 05/2015 of the international Trade Journal for Play, Sports and Leisure Areas – the Playground@Landscape, we wrote a text: “Much ado about nothing– Noise emissions from biking and skateparks. Notes on the application of VDI guideline 3770.”
From the 02nd-10th of octobre 2015 „the international festival for urban explorations – urbanize!“, will held again in Vienna, Austria.
On the festival ground are refugees housed as well. That’s why we will build a “Skatepark in a box” together with and for the refugees. „Skatepark in a box“ is our latest idea as an urban module for a personal skatepark construction. Supported by Skate-Aid there will be Skateboard workshops as well. Read more
In the current issue of the Außenraum magazine (external space magazine, a magazine about planning, implementation and maintenance of outdoor facilities) an interview with Ralf Maier on the subject skate and bike equipment can be read.
The skatepark Iserlohn was built during the renovation of the existing sports facility at the road “In Der Laeger”. The overall design of the sports facility was carried out by the planning office Paetzold & Snowadsky. In the course of further planning a 550 m² large skate and bike facility was built. With the local skate and bike scene, we developed a flowpark.
For the City of Engen, Germany we designed this concrete skate park with basketball court. The 600 m² skatepark Engen was built right next to the new multi-purpose town hall and consists of two areas/ levels.
The Kidney Bowl on the upper level offers classical pool driving with steel coping including hip. The bottom level – a street area – offers banks, stairs with a rail, curbs and specially designed, wave-like corners. The two levels are connected by a staircase with rail and two Ledges. Also seating steps capture the terrain. The tiers of seats are aligned on the basketball court and serve as spectator’s grandstand and to relax for the athletes in breaks.
The skatepark Offenburg is located in the northern district of the city. This Skatepark The 750 sqm skatepark – the strongly reminiscent of a skate plaza – offers many uses for beginners and advanced riders.
Several workshops – user participation – with the children and youth of the city of Offenburg and the Youth Office Offenburg resulted in this exciting design. The system is designed so that a central distributor ramp provides the opportunity to skate in all directions. The differently designed arms offer skaters and BMX riders driving pleasure with street character. Rails, flat rails, curbs and ledges are integrated in the street-heavy skatepark.
The Skatepark Neue Bahnstadt Opladen (New Railway City) in Leverkusen, Germany offers 800 m² fun for skaters and BMX riders. In 2014, the old snake run in Leverkusen was demolished without announcement. Due to the initiative of the skaters of Leverkusen and concrete landscapes we have achieved it, that a new park will be built.
On the site of the former train repair shop, the New Railway City Opladen arises with its Campus Leverkusen. In the vicinity of the new campus next to a multifunctional sports stadium a small skate park will be built. In cooperation with the landscape architects B.A.S. Kopperschmidt + Moczala and the New Railway City Opladen the project was realized. The design was developed in close cooperation with the Leverkusen Skateboard Association.
The resulting facility is characterized by a pool whose table is connected by banks with the flat. Furthermore, there is a long in-situ concrete wall with steel angle, which is used as curb. Also a flat rail, bank hip and a barrier can be found. The skate elements allow bypassing of the multifunctional sports stadium which is well integrated in the concept.