On August the 7th, 2014 we had the pleasure to take part to the launch of the House Of Vans London a 3,000sqm art, music and skate space under Waterloo station. The place, located inside the infamous Old Vic Tunnels, is divided in different tunnels each one dedicated to different activities.
Tunnel #2 will be made available to both emerging and established artists, free of charge, with the opportunity to exhibit in the space at the end of their tenancy. Tunnel #3 is a 850 person capacity gig space dedicated to music. Two tunnels are dedicated to London’s only permanent indoor skatepark. Tunnel #5 brings together a street course and miniramp section. The deep concrete bowl in Tunnel #4 raises the game for pool-style skateboarding, and is sure to become a proving ground for bowl riders. Elsewhere a café, bars and cinema space provide an opportunity to refuel and relax. The event was simply amazing.
A lot of people flew to London from all over the world to be a the HOV opening, a lot of Vans pro riders and legends were there: Geoff Rowley, Anthony Van Engelen, Steve Alba, Hosoi, Daan Van Der Linden, Curren Caples and Sam Partaix just to name a few. The music line up was kept secret till the party started and the guests had the luck and privilege to attend the concert of Dinosaur Jr. and Public Enemy. Each additional word is superfluous. The House Of Vans will be perfect shelter for skate sesh, art and music events, exhibitions and workshops. Congratulations to the Vans working team for the great job done.
Photos: Davide Biondani // a brief glance_
The Half Cab.
Mags, books, zines.
Vans Lab #1
The magic coin.
Sam Partaix, fs rock slide. (Courtesy of Vans).
Anthony Van Engelen.
Al Boglio and Greg Hunt.
Night line up.
Vans crew at work.
Hosoi and Steve Van Doren, enjoy the Public Enemy’s gig.
Infos and details about the House Of Vans @ houseofvanslondon.com