Maintenance: Rotterdam skateparks

The city of Rotterdam is leading the way for all Dutch cities to follow. Not only does Rotterdam offer some of the best street skating in the Netherlands, in the last three years they have built no fewer than FOUR different concrete skateparks! This does not even include the ambitious skate facilities of the neighbouring areas of Dordrecht, Schiedam and Berkel & Rodenrijs, all three of which are leading the way in innovative skate design! Concrete Matters is making sure these facilities stay in the best shape possible and provides the city of Rotterdam…continue reading →

Maintenance: Marnix bowl, Amsterdam

The Marnixbowl at the Eerste Marnixplantsoen is considered to be the best concrete bowl of the Netherlands. Ever since it's debut in May 2005 the Marnixbowl has been sessioned by the best skateboarders and BMX-ers from all over the world. Built from pre-fabricated concrete elements this bowl has perfect transitions and a simple yet effective lay-out making it the perfect destination for all who like to ride. For it's tenth birthday the city of Amsterdam asked Concrete Matters to give the concrete bowl a complete maintenance make over. Concrete Matters used five different steps to give the…continue reading →

Maintenance: Reeshof bowl, Tilburg

The Reeshof skatepark was built in 2002 and hadn't  received any maintenance since then. In 2016 the concrete was in such bad shape that stones were exposed everywhere making the skatepark virtually unskateable. Local BMX riders convinced their city to give the skatepark some long needed maintenance, halting the gradual destruction of a once ambitious skatepark. The city of Tilburg went the extra mile and added a little beginner streetcourse to make the restored Reeshof skatepark more diverse then before. Concrete Matters restored all the concrete in the skatepark, cleaning, grinding and polishing all riding surfaces. Additionally…continue reading →

Design: Onderuit, Amstelveen

The city of Amstelveen approached us to design an out of the ordinary concrete sculpture inspired by streetskating. We took inspiration from real streetspots and working together with the locals & Mark van der Eng from Carve we designed a skateable intersection  with various banks, wallies and ledges. Our original plan included an outer rim around the sculpture so that the park would have lots more ledges & manual possibilities but this - much to our disappointment - never made it into the final design.    continue reading →

Design: Museumplein miniramps, Amsterdam

After the renovation of the Museumplein in 1998 the old Powell warehouse ramps were replaced with a terrible steel vertramp that was completely dysfunctional. It took many, many years of meetings to convince the city to restore this classic spot into a functional skate facility once more. We set out to design a miniramp that would allow all skill levels to enjoy the ramps and wanted to include a spine section because there were none in the Netherlands. The current 15 meter wide steel spineramp is the widest miniramp & the only spineramp in…continue reading →

Design: Zeeburgereiland, Amsterdam

We believe good concrete skateparks improve the skate & BMX cultures. Seeing the lack of good skating infrastructure in the Netherlands we took it upon ourselves to convince the city of Amsterdam to build an internationally recognizable skatepark that would set the standard for Dutch skateparks for the future. We expect the 'urbansportszone' at the Zeeburgereiland to be built in the third quarter of 2018. The final design for the urbansportszone as made with Glifberg + Lykke. The preliminary USZ design (2016) with surrounding Sporthelden park.continue reading →

Design: DIY park, Amsterdam

In 2013 we took matters into our own hands & mobilized a solid crew of skateboard enthusiasts to build our own concrete skatepark. Using the abandoned foundation of an old factory in the Houthavens we transformed a no-go area into a concrete playground free for all to enjoy. More info on this project can be found on the skatemates website.continue reading →

Design: Marnixbowl, Amsterdam

In 2004 we convinced the city of Amsterdam to build a concrete pool. To this day it is considered to be one of the best transition spots of the Netherlands. More info about this lovely project can be found over at the Skatemates website.continue reading →

Welcome

Concrete Matters designs dynamic architecture for action sports. We balance organic & geometric forms that seek interaction with it's visitors, challenging, inspiring & activating them. Born from our lifelong dedication to action sports we are driven to deliver perfectly finished concrete, each & every time. Pushing the possibilities of shotcrete we offer full service maintenance for clients who seek the highest quality of their concrete surfaces, new, old & ancient... You can contact us at (0031) 6 27088960 or through info[a]concretematters.nl Thanks for dropping in!  continue reading →