The Dog Shit Spot or DSS in Berlin was created in 2015 as an idea to upgrade the so-called "Wriezener Freiraumlabor" and to legalize the DIY skate spot there. Together with the 1st Berliner Skateboardverein e.V. we were able to convince the Grünflächenamt Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg to allow us to transform the largely fallow former train station area into a skate park. On the one hand, the park was to reflect the character of the DIY spot, and on the other hand, it was to be as open and versatile as possible as a public green space. The result is a compact low-impact park with many gimmicks.
On a compact 500m2, the DSS skatepark cleverly combines street basics with a flow park touch. Its details are particularly convincing: sophisticated shapes, grind edges and surfaces made of granite, and precisely orchestrated lines that connect the park's unusual obstacles to form the big picture.
The DSS is located on one of Berlin's busiest corners, with hundreds of spectators and tourists pausing daily to watch the action from Warschauer Brücke or Helsingforser Platz. Special structural feature: all grind edges made of granite, no metal edge protection.
In addition to the design planning, the concept for the DSS included sponsor acquisition. endboss succeeded in getting Nike SB on board as financier for the skatepark. As an additional activation event for the sponsor, we developed design workshops as a participation format for the project, which was planned for three construction phases.
Photos: Daniel Wagner