This is an example of an alternative to using a handrail next to a set of stairs and has been replicated at many skateparks across the world.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
The steel plates shown here are used by the Department of Transportation in NYC to fix roads, but make perfect obstacles to skate on when placed in the proper positions. They can also be used in skatepark design to save cost to the city by using pre existing materials for a different use .
Check out the link above for a cool article of this particular spot in Barcelona.
These skate stoppers aren't good for anyone - athletes or architects.
People can still skate here and the architects intended flow has been lost at a huge cost to the building. Had they consulted with a skateboarder they could have learned less visibly obstructive ways to prevent skateboarding in this location.