Yinka Ilori unveils brightly coloured temporary skatepark in Miami Beach

Yinka Ilori unveils brightly coloured temporary skatepark in Miami Beach

British designer Yinka Ilori has applied his trademark colourful style to a demountable skatepark at the Faena District in Miami Beach during Miami art week.

Called the Skateable Object Park, Ilori’s temporary installation features salmon-pink ramps on a bright yellow floor and was commissioned by the female-founded “nomadic boutique” Unique Design X Group.

Skatepark by Yinka Ilori
The skatepark was designed by Yinka Ilori

It forms part of a five-day programme of art activities called Unique Design X Miami @ Faena District, which takes place at the Miami Beach complex developed by Argentinian property magnate Alan Faena.

Colourful ramps
Colourful ramps are positioned within a yellow space

Defining itself as “a team of colour-obsessed architects and designers”, Ilori’s studio is known for its vibrant and often intricately-patterned work.

The Miami Beach skatepark is a large expanse of yellow space surrounded by patches of grass and trees, while quirky-shaped skate ramps are coloured in a mixture of salmon-pink, orange, green and blue.

Miami dismountable skatepark
The skatepark was designed in partnership with The Skatepark Project

Ilori designed the skatepark in partnership with American skateboarder Tony Hawk’s The Skatepark Project – a non-profit organisation with a mission to provide accessible places for young people to skateboard in underserved communities.

Each year, Unique Design X Group plans to commission an artist to design and install a temporary skatepark in Miami.

“A permanent skatepark is a major undertaking both financially, and due to the permanent allocation of a large space,” said Unique Design X Group.

“The possibility of being able to assemble and disassemble the skateable obstacles is what makes these [temporary] parks ‘kits’.”

Colourful installation
The skatepark makes use of Yinka’s vibrant colours

Yinka Ilori is a British-Nigerian designer based in London. Last year, he transformed a former exhibition hall in France into another vibrantly-coloured skatepark.

Other recent skatepark projects include La Duna in Mexico, the design of which was informed by the undulating forms of sand dunes.

The images are courtesy of Unique Design X Group and Yinka Ilori.

Unique Design X Miami @ Faena District is on show in Miami Beach until 5 December 2021 as part of Miami art week, which also involves Design Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.

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