Shaping space - without and within

Our ambition is to add new dimensions to the man made landscape. To define, shape and re-interpret future spaces, surroundings and objects to make sure they become inspirational and invitational towards physical activity and movement - without compromising the artistic vision and aesthetic value.

Our body is an incredibly well designed machine and an amazingly complex piece of engineering. It has been refined and optimized through millions of years of evolution - and it was designed to move. The setting we choose to create around this masterpiece deserves highest possible level of attention - physically as well as emotionally.   

Keep in mind, parkour is really about adapting to our environment and not the other way around! All that stuff is only a luxurious icing on the lovely cake that is parkour life!
— Mikkel Rugaard, Architect & Designer

This video explains about our work, approach, process and philosophy in much more detail. It also raises some interesting points that are definitely worth considering before starting a project. 


Architectural and Contextual Design

Designing for parkour has an inherent paradox. As practitioners and movers we strive to get better at adapting to our environment, whatever that may be - not the other way around. Thus when we do take on the task of designing for parkour we need to be really intelligent about it.

Our philosophy is that our architectural designs need to add something new and not directly copy what already exists. They need to have value to more people, whether this is functionally or aesthetically, and they must create movement challenges that you will not find anywhere else. 

If we cannot achieve this our work is essentially redundant.


Basic Items of Luxury 

As mentioned before we don't believe in generic sollutions and of-the-shelf products. However, we do have a few basic items that really add to a functional setup and can extend the possibilities of your training - especially when used in connection with existing objects and elements. These are sollutions that have served us well over the years and still do - they are often everything and more than you really need!

We design, test and manufacture everything ourselves - that's the only way to make sure the quality is top-notch!

 

An important note on managing risk


 

One of the things that makes parkour so unique and powerful is the inseparable element of risk. Parkour might be the only discipline in which the practitioner is conscious about the level of risk during practice, and works deliberately and constantly with managing this risk. It is a skill that is directly applicable to life in general, and thus something everyone should practice regularly.

This practice is something very foreign to our society today, but something we all need to protect, respect and honour. Thus it presents quite a challenge when designing for something like parkour - especially when working with public space. However, it is a challenge that can be overcome through clever design, understanding what you are working with, from a design as well as a movement standpoint, and accepting the responsibility that comes with it.

A parkour facility is not a playground - at least not in the formal definitions of playgrounds that are described in various international standards. Treating it as one is decidedly wrong and may have the exact opposite effect than what these standards were actually, and very sensibly, created for.

As practitioners we like to consider ourselves as playful individuals, and we take great pride in our creativity and playful approach to our training and the way we move. But modern society and culture unfortunately makes a very harsh disitinction between young and old and how we're supposed to act and behave. Sometimes this makes very practical sense and serves to protect us. Unfortunately, oftentimes it doesn't relate in any way to real life.

The level of risk is very closely connected to the environment we create around an activity, and not as much the activity or the physical space. This mental space, if you will, cannot be designed, but must be grown by people engaging in the activity. Clever design can facilitate this growth but the human skills will always be more important than the objects we choose to create.

For more on this topic please contact us. We have years of experience navigating in this field  - both on the practical and political side of things.