Volcom presents ‘The Zementwerk Project’ in association with Leica and Solo Skate Mag, with a DIY spot built in an abandoned German concrete factory and then shredded by a select group of Volcom mandem on an arctic April day. Peep the edit and blurb below, then go out and find your own warehouse and get building…
Edited by Philipp Reinhard.
Heavy, dark, dusty, rough as hell and at this time of the year it keeps a brutal iciness inside. A huge building with an amazing construction in the middle of a breathtaking landscape waiting for us to get conquered.
April 27th 2017, it´s snowing outside and the thermometer is telling us minus 5 degrees celsius. “Ben, put on your beanie and a proper warm parka, it´s going to be a long day”.
Finally we´ve found our lost place to turn our vision into reality.
We just call it “ZEMENTWERK”
The whole project started with the idea of a place, a building , a spot, anything that
hasn´t been skated yet but at the same time a location that tells a story by it´s own.
An old lost place which makes you excited like a little kid to go there, open rusty doors, discover rooms with their old inventory. Walking paths that haven´t seen any footsteps for a long time. All on your own risk.
That´s where we wanna go, do some DIY and make it skateable.
It took quite a while to get the ball rolling but teaming up with Leica Camera, SOLO Skatemag and some friends who love skateboarding as much as we do there was no reason to row back.
With a few addresses on our list we set forth to find the right location for the project.
Lucky us we made it first try. That´s our venue, without any doubt. This is it!
An old lost concrete factory and a lot of options to skate. We figured out a few spots to put some DIY work and fixed a date to bring the riders and staff.
Let´s get it done!
Directed by Jens Hennefarth & Christian Vankelst
Produced by Philipp Reinhard
Photography by Jelle Keppens , Philipp Reinhard