A unique skate bowl in a spectacular setting, delivered with Opus Skateparks and Betong Parks, conceived to appeal to skaters of all abilities and ages, and the established local surf community.

In the spirit of backyard pool-skating, it was Outside’s ambition to create a singular skate bowl, which would welcome skaters of all ages and abilities. The design is a modern take on the iconic kidney bowl, a shape emblematic of the Californian backyard swimming pools which were first pioneered by skaters in the mid 70s. This same shape can be traced all the way back to Alva Aalto’s 1939 modernist swimming pool at Villa Mairea. The spiral adds a playful twist and acts as a progressive transition between levels which caters to all abilities.

The immense swell of local support for this project highlighted both the popularity of skateboarding as an inclusive sport, and the lack of facilities in rural areas. Over 500 letters backed its planning, and a subsequent crowdfunder for the build raised £60,000 from 300 individual donors. As a much-needed local facility, Outside Skate Bowl has also made good on its promise to attract interest from the skateboarding community. Its unusual design and location within an AONB have all contributed to it becoming a local landmark.

The bowl was built by Opus skateparks, designed by Betong Park and delivered by IDK.. Damp winter weather meant late nights to ensure the concrete surface was properly trowelled and sealed.

Image: Jake Powell, Skateboard GB
New build / Community & well-being
Devon
2017-2022
Collaborators: Betongpark (design), Opus Skateparks (build)
Photo: Toby Coulson and Roddy Bow

Shortlisted for RIBA J MacEwen Award 2023
Winner GAGA Sustainability Award 2023