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House of Vans London

House of Vans London

Tim Greatrex Architect
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House of Vans

House of Vans London by by Tim Greatrex Architect together with Hellicar and Lewis

Tim Greatrex Architect as Architects

The House of Vans London is the recently completed project by Tim Greatrex Architect together with Hellicar&Lewis.

It is a new mixed use creative venue for Vans enthusiasts and those interested in skateboarding culture, established as a place to participate in the cultural lineage of skateboarding that has defined the Vans brand since 1966, combining skateboarding, art, film and music. The new venue includes an art gallery, ‘Vans labs’ creative spaces, screening room, live music for 850 people, a premium café, numerous bars and a three tier indoor concrete skate park.

The House of Vans London sits within the 150 year old brick arches below the railway lines heading out of Waterloo station and next to London’s famous graffiti street, Leake Street. The area of the site is approximately 2,500sqm and contains 5 separate tunnels.

The House of Vans London provides a cultural hub for skateboarding, art, film and music. The site is delineated into these four main functions so that each are housed within a specific tunnel.

The main function is the skatepark which accommodates three tunnel spaces to allow for varying layouts and abilities. The main space is the concrete ‘bowl’ predominantly for advanced or professional use; the second area is the ‘street scene’ for medium ability, and the third is the ‘mini ramp’ skate park area for beginners or relaxed users.

The five separate tunnels of the site are unified with the large and impressive rubber floor inspired by the iconic patterned sole of the Vans shoe of hexagons and diamonds. The strip of hexagons of the sole has been made to align with an enfilade of arches to delineate a main axis and corridor through the Venue. The durable and recyclable rubber floor provides a clean and comfortable surface but at the same time visually creates a strong contrast to the raw and textured brick walls and vaulted ceiling.

The tunnels are lit in two ways; linear strip lighting grazes the walls and ceilings to illuminate the main spaces creating a dramatic and textured effect, and the skatepark utilises exterior flood lighting inside to uplight the ceiling to then reflect light evenly onto the skatepark surface below creating glare-free lighting for professional use.

The House of Vans London has been activated as a venue to link with the global Vans community; broadcasting through a live internet radio station, live camera feeds of activity within the skatepark, and through social media reporting the creative activities within the ‘Vans labs’ artist’s spaces.

A physical manifestation of the culture and creativity

House of Vans as Client

The House of Vans in London is the physical manifestation of the culture and creativity that have defined the Vans brand since 1966. Always embracing and fuelling creative expression through art, music, skateboarding, BMX, street culture and fashion; the space offers a solid platform for the local communities to experience and engage with Vans’ ‘Off The Wall’ spirit. With creative expression at the forefront; The House of Vans London is showcasing an art gallery, a VansLab artist incubator space, cinema, live music venue, premium café and bars, gifting suite and skater built and designed concrete bowl, mini ramp and street course.

The House of Vans London is open four days a week as well as hosting major live events at weekends. The space is ready for both work and play; with a wide range of educational & learning activities on offer. Not forgetting, our cultural and sporting events that are attracting the best talent from across the globe … from skateboarding and beyond.

Inspired by neon lights, Americana and rugged skate environments; Vans have transformed the vast 30,000 square feet of this iconic indoor-space in Waterloo into an ‘Off The Wall’ home for the European edition of The House Of Vans.

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