Yinka Ilori drenches Roubaix’s skatepark in fluorescent paint

Expressing joy through colour

Golden columns and fluorescent paint helped Yinka Ilori turn Roubaix’s Halle B warehouse into the Colorama Skatepark.

Ramps are covered in bright blues and pinks, while the building’s structural columns have been highlighted in green and metallic paints – emphasised by the spotlights above.

Golden columns and fluorescent paint helped Yinka Ilori turn Roubaix’s Halle B warehouse into the Colorama Skatepark.
Photography: Julien Pitinome

Ilori based part of the design on the warehouse’s tile-covered exterior, which he’s echoed in checkerboard patterns painted onto the skatepark’s walls.

The Halle B warehouse normally hosts exhibitions and events, and Ilori was briefed to create something that would similarly bring different people together. ‘I wanted to create a space that is joyful and inclusive, and that allows room for stories to be told and created,’ he told Wallpaper*.

Ilori worked closely with professional skateboarders to design the park, and adapt his ideas based on their feedback. The skatepark was then built and painted with the help of students from a local school.

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Golden columns and fluorescent paint helped Yinka Ilori turn Roubaix’s Halle B warehouse into the Colorama Skatepark.
Photography: Julien Pitinome
Golden columns and fluorescent paint helped Yinka Ilori turn Roubaix’s Halle B warehouse into the Colorama Skatepark.
Photography: Maxime Dufournew

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