Paris Museum Displays Skateboarders’ Dream House

The PAS House, a skateboarding living environment concept thought up by French pro skater Pierre Andre Senizergues and designer Gil Le Bon Delapointe, has finally been brought to life at the La Gaite Museum, in Paris.

Pierre Andre Senizergues has been in love with his skateboard ever since he first discovered it, as a teenager, and has pretty much built his life around the board. He’s ridden it to five world skateboarding championships and built a successful skateboarding shoe line called etnies, so you can see why he felt a little reluctant to part with it every time he went inside his house. But then one day, he had this crazy idea: “I began imagining a city of the future where skateboards are used as the primary form of transportation and recreation — in and out of your home.” the skater told the Toronto Star. “A utopia city for skateboarders would mean that a skateable path, like a ribbon connecting everything together, links each building in an unending ability to keep in motion on your board.”

So, in the early 2000’s, Senizergues partnered with etnies designer and fellow skateboarding fanatic Gil Le Bon Delapointe to create a perfectly skateable house on Senizergues’ Malibu property. They came up with a few great ideas, and even managed to build a miniature model of this skateboarder’s dream house, but after 10 years and some run-ins with the Coastal Commission, it was still in the project phase. But, La Gaite Museum, in Paris, somehow learned about their original housing idea and presented them with the opportunity of building a prototype for their skate-culture exhibition, running this summer.

Eager to show the world how skateboarding can influence the future of how we live, the two went to work, with the help of skateboarding architect Francois Perrin. “We started first from the perspective of skateboarding and we then built into the principles of living, not the other way around. The result is a unique 100% skateable environment,” says Pierre Andre Senizergues. The PAS house, named after its future owner, has no sharp angles where the walls meet the floor, it features surfaces made of birch and poplar wood with minimal protective finish to ensure a smooth ride, and metal rails for grinding. At the same time it has all the necessary appliances, built-in cabinets  and even a lounge bench that acts as a couch.

For now, the PAS House is just an exhibit at La Gaite, but Pierre Andre Senizerguesis still planning to build a full-scale version of it in Malibu. Unfortunately, the completion date is still unclear.




Photos via etnies blog