From street to avenue
2014年诞生于上海的滑板品牌AVENUE & SON横空出世，字面译为“大道和孩子”，品牌由四位职业滑手创立，“来自街头，滑向大道”承载了街头文化追寻自由的态度与个性表达的理念。
AVENUE & SON is a skateboard brand co-founded by four professional skaters in Shanghai in 2014. The brand’s concept “from street to avenue” carries the pursuit of freedom and individuality, typical of street culture.
Guided by skateboarding spirit, AVENUE & SON has become one of the global cultural crazes among youngsters with its street culture-rooted DNA and brand concept. In only a few years, AVENUE & SON has accumulated millions of fans and sponsored more than 20 professional skaters at home and abroad. The brand is dedicated to passing on the spirit of “fearlessness, freedom and perseverance” to the young generation.
坐落于上海前滩太古里的中国首家AVENUE & SON旗舰店及街头结构公园正是在这个契机下揭开帷幕。
In such a context, AVENUE & SON’s first flagship store and street structure park are opened in Taikoo Li Qiantan, Shanghai.
Luxury and streets
Integrating fashion, lifestyle, sports and art, Qiantan is an ideal city model zone developed by Lujiazui Group, and one of the future core areas of Shanghai. Centering on the concept of WELLNESS, the commercial complex Taikoo Li Qiantan combines longstanding luxury brands with street culture, art with fashion trends, and shows a lifestyle represented by skateboarding.
Designed by Various Associates, the first AVENUE & SON flagship store in China is sited at WOOD HOUSE in Taikoo Li Qiantan. The store is integrated with the brand’s street-structure skate park, which echoes Oriental Sports Center (“the Crown of the Sea”), both representing the most chill structures in the area. Its relationship with the Oriental Sports Center also makes this site more playful and significant.
The first marble skate park in the world
Skateboarding, as one of the official sports of at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, is no longer a street sport unrecognized by the mainstream. Various Associates hoped to break the stereotype that “street equals cheap”. Therefore, the team created the world’s first marble skate park to blur the traditional boundaries between street and mainstream cultures, allowing visitors to focus on the cultural and aesthetic aspects of skateboarding. Furthermore, the park also provides a creative and quality space for products derived from street culture.
In the context of current fashion trends, commercial venues are beginning to embrace the street and provide outdoor activity space for brands. Meanwhile, young consumer groups are increasingly taking skateboarding as a fashionable lifestyle. Designed by Various Associates, the street culture-rooted skateboard park in Taikoo Li Qiantan, which gathers many luxury brands, is a response to the fusion of different cultures.
Public-led urban commerce
In order to break the boundary between culture and commerce, the designers tried to strike a balance between luxury and street. Starting from the youth’s passion for sports culture, the team conceived a gathering place for skaters, which is both outdoors and indoors, practical and fun. This marble skate park is a realistic integration of street culture and luxury, and a significant urban public space in a commercial setting.
设计后的街头结构公园具备滑板、休憩、咖啡及pop-up的多重功能。室外的大理石亭子是咖啡及饮品供应区域，铜色AVENUE & SON的logo以传统的工艺镶嵌于石材当中，配以大道之子经典的路灯元素，代表着属于大道之子街头文化的精神，指引着夜晚穿行的道路。
The street-structure park carries multiple functions for skateboarding, leisure, cafe and pop-up activities. The outdoor marble kiosk is a coffee and beverage area, and the bronze AVENUE & SON logo is inlaid into the stone by traditional craftsmanship. The classic street light that represents the brand’s street culture guides the way through the night.
早在2016年，AVENUE & SON作为中国首个滑板文化代表就开始以pop-up的形式在线下与消费者开始接触，通过丰富多样的社群活动进一步拓展滑板文化的边界。7年来，A&S不仅吸引到滑手、音乐人、艺术家等多样化群体的目光，更成为青年文化的合作优选，代表中国滑板文化与世界多个品牌互动，传递全新的认知。
As early as 2016, AVENUE & SON, as the first representative of skateboarding culture in China, started engaging with consumers in pop-up stores, and expanding the boundary of skateboarding culture through diverse activities. 7 years later, the brand has not only attracted the attention of skaters, musicians, artists and other groups, but also has become the preferred choice for young people. On behalf of Chinese skateboarding culture, it has interacted with many brands from around the world, such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Fred, Off-White™ and Palace, to convey new ideas.
Design language from outdoors to indoors
“When we asked the founders of A&S where they thought the best skate park was, their answer was ‘street’. As observing their daily activities, we found that steps, fences and even small ramps on the street were the skate tracks they loved and excelled at. Therefore, as approaching the design, we did not adopt curved slope commonly found in skateparks, but applied straight and oblique lines, which are more rigid, to interpret the elements of the street with an aesthetic language, and meanwhile to avoid the safety problems caused by curved spaces,” Various Associates explained.
The traditional metal folding door at the entrance is a reminiscence and continuation of the old streets. The delicate metal slats imprinted with the brand’s logo create a striking contrast to the contemporary architecture in the commercial complex.
The two staircases, together with a slight slope in the middle, recreate familiar scenes on the streets of Shanghai. The appropriate height makes it possible for skaters to glide on the structures, and also enables customers at the entrance to get a better view of products displayed at varied heights.
The core ramp element in the interior space originates from skaters’ daily street routes. Skaters can skate through the interior to the outdoors, which creates a special experience.
Unified ramps and spaces at indoors and outdoors, curved handrails, symmetrical upper and lower slopes, as well as tracks on the ceiling resembling road markings, are meant to integrate street elements with the brand’s DNA and spatial aesthetics, thereby producing a unique, appealing destination that is classy yet popular.
Inspired by the way that streets’ names are marked, the side part of stairs is imprinted with the brand’s logo, birthplace and time of establishment, which echoes the DNA from streets.
Display of product diversity
基于品牌的街头DNA，AVENUE & SON也是一个连接街头社群的创意平台，品牌的产品设计、模特、视频及lookbook拍摄、后期制作、活动推广等所有内容都由滑手完成。滑板视频是记录这项运动最酷也是最基本的需求，因此巨幅的屏幕也是此空间的灵魂。
Based on the brand’s street-rooted DNA, the AVENUE & SON flagship store is a creative platform that connects with street skateboarding community. Its product design, models, LOOKBOOK shooting, video production andpromotion campaigns were all contributed by skaters. Video is necessary for recording this cool sport, so the large screen displaying the brand’s creativity is the soul of the space.
Behind the screen is the clothes display area, where customers move along a circular circulation route, which ensures the visibility of all products and facilitate responsive product introduction services. The closed circulation route bypasses display stands of varied heights and forms, to separate display areas for shoes, hats, clothes and skateboards, hence realizing more efficient shopping experiences.
Other functional areas such as waiting area, storeroom and fitting room are also hidden behind the large screen. The back side of the screen is an A-shaped steel frame, which extracts the “A” letter from the brand’s name. Under the steel frame is a seat, which can also serve for temporary garment display.
The core ramp is not only a pop-up area for cross-brand collaborative activities, but also a stand for presenting skateboards and other products. It can also be used for graffiti or graphic display. This inclusive and neutral “blank” area provides flexibility for collaborative events between A&S and other brands, enabling various brands to fully showcase their attitudes.
Abundant oblique lines generate rich visual effects, and mirrored surfaces create multiple reflections which are visible by customers from various angles. Opening the hidden storeroom and fitting room doors, another mirrored world dominated by oblique lines comes into view.
AVENUE & SON作为引领中国滑板文化的品牌，正在积累与沉淀属于中国滑板文化独特的印记。从街头滑向大道，打破束缚、自由多样，“野蛮”生长。此项目除了满足商业需求及品牌个性外，更多的意义是作为一个文化传递的空间，立足于传统商业群里。在前滩太古里顶层建立一处由外至内，开放包容的空间，既可供人沉思又可让不同年龄段的人享受这一活动的场所，直观的感受到滑板文化的乐趣。滑板品牌的入驻，也为商业空间带来更多活力。满足白天和夜晚全天使用的需求，为夜幕下的城市带来了运动的活力与年轻文化的能量。
As a leading Chinese skateboard brand, AVENUE & SON is developing a unique perspective of Chinese skateboarding culture. From street to avenue, the brand remains free and diverse, growing unrestrainedly. In addition to meeting commercial demands and fitting into the brand’s positioning, this project is more significant as a space for cultural exchanges based in a commercial complex. By creating an open and inclusive space in Taikoo Li Qiantan, it enables people of all ages to enjoy skateboarding and get to know the fun of skateboarding culture. On the other hand, the presence of the skateboard brand brings more vitality to the commercial complex. It’s available for use both in the daytime and at night. As night falls, it injects vigor and young energy into the city.
项目名称：AVENUE & SON旗舰店
项目客户：AVENUE & SON
项目摄影：SFAP榫卯建筑摄影、SHAWN from A&S
视频拍摄：Lulu from A&S
Project Name: AVENUE & SON
Client: AVENUE & SON
Location: Taikoo Li Qiantan, Shanghai
Status: Completed in Dec. 2021
Design Company: Various Associates
Lead Designers: Dongzi Yang, Qianyi Lin
Design Team: Zebing Li, Yongliang Huang, Milly Qiu
Photographs: SFAP, SHAWN from A&S
Video: Lulu from A&S
Stone Supplier: Shanghai Yishehui Industrial Co., Ltd.
Construction: Shanghai Yubin Construction Engineering Co., Ltd.
Multimedia Supplier: LEOX
Skaters: Haonan Hu, Guohua Wang, PIKAI, Jeremy Hu, Xiao Yu, Wenkai Xie, Li Zu
Content team: Xiaoxiao, Donis, Taye, Wayne