In Roskilde, west of Copenhagen, Rabalder Park reverberates with the sound of kids on wheels as soon as school is out for the day. But when downpours still their happy cries
and send them scuttling for cover, the rumbling of wheels-on-concrete soon becomes the roar of water-on-its way. The concrete half-pipes and bowls of Rabalder Park are also a central element in Roskilde’s flash flood defence system. Rainwater is led off the city’s streets and into a system of channels and holding pools that feed it into a 23,000 square metre concrete bowl with the holding capacity of ten competition swimming pools.
Architect Søren Nordal Enevoldsen says he designed the surface-water drainage system guided by the speed, adrenalin and freedom of the skateboarder’s world to capture the free form and free flow of skateboarding in Rabalder Skate Park.
TEXT and PHOTO Lars Just
The surface is broken by a boy’s back as he emerges, dripping, into the baking sun. Out on the water a handful of kayaks do battle, while in the kids’ pool Frederik Koustrup shouts in delight as his friend Kalle lifts a new handful of trailing seaweed high into the air. Lifeguard and mother smile to […]
Two climbers hang high above. Viewed from the ground they resemble tiny spiders clinging to the skeleton of what was once a giant grain storage silo on the dockside of Copenhagen’s northern inner harbour.
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