In the Danish city of Viborg, an abandoned windmill factory undergoes a total transformation into a skatepark and rec center for the youth.
At the helm of this design overhaul is Copenhagen-based design studio EFFEKT, who wanted to build out “a vibrant cultural hub for street sports and culture targeting the youth not fitting into or not drawn by traditional organised sports organisations,” stated COO Mikkel Bøgh.
The initiative is part of EFFEKT’s Streetmekka Viborg, which aims to breathe new life into the city’s abandoned industrial district. Their hope is that the Streetmekka will be at the forefront of a movement that will shift the away from the usual route of demolishing old buildings, and divert that to finding value and inspiration in revitalizing the old—ultimately reducing waste.
We have taken the most generic building of them all – the industrial manufacturing warehouse – and transformed it into a vibrant cultural hub for street sports and culture targeting the youth not fitting into or not drawn by traditional organised sports organisations.”
—Mikkel Bøgh, COO of EFFEKT.
The massive 3,170 square meter location houses a sprawling skate bowl, and also includes art and animation studios, basketball courts, maker spaces with a fabrication lab, and music production studios.