Tony Hawk in Athens, Greece
The Ramp House is a unique 80sqm private residence located in Papagou suburb in the northeastern part of Athens, Greece. This 3-story skateable habitat with the impressive interior work was designed by Athanasia Psaraki in 2006.
"The ramp house is a project which tries to reconsider and redefine the living space. The client requested a “skatable habitat”. The result was a curved form interior, which set the whole house as well as the inhabitant’s life, into motion. The ‘skateboarding’ element is adopted in every possible way.
When the client asked me to design a home where she could be able to skate, I immediately eliminated the idea of just putting a mini ramp in the living room. For me, the challenge of this project was to make a living space where the ramp, the bowl and all the interpretations of those terms would actually become the building elements for this space.
I wanted to make a ‘ramp house’ and not a ‘house with a ramp’. So I started imagining a space where the straight line would become curved and the flat surface would become a ramp or a bowl.
Playing with these forms and with the variable transitions which offer, my main goal was to create a functional open space where aspects of daily life would adopt ‘ the feeling of acceleration’ which is basically one of the main characteristics of skateboarding. In that way, the whole space is in actual motion and somebody can flow from one space to the other, skating or walking." >> Athanasia Psaraki (Archivirus)
In August 2012, while on vacation in Greece, Tony Hawk and Jesse Fritsch (900 Films) made a quick stop at the Ramp House.
Formed in 1999 by Tony Hawk, 900 Films was created to develop action sports film, television, videos, commercials, digital media and online content. As a leader in action sport film production, 900 Films has produced numerous noteworthy projects for companies such as YouTube, MTV, ESPN, Fuel TV, Fox Sports, Warner Bros. Studios, T-Mobile, Comcast, Activision, Paramount Pictures, and Quiksilver, among others.