My trip to Paris wouldn’t have been complete without visiting the state-of-the-art basketball court that caught my eye while browsing on Dezeen. It instantly became the priority on my must-see-in-Paris list.
The re-construct of this basketball court seems to be the first of its kind, a product of an urban collaboration between Pigalle and Ill Studio.
Pigalle, a leading Parisian streetwear brand decided to add a splash of radiance to the neighbourhood along Rue Duperré in 9th arrondissement to celebrate its 2015 spring/summer and Pigalle Basketball collection in collaboration with NikeLab.
Strikingly bold at first sight, the court is designed in geometrical blocks with a riveting palette of blue, red, white and yellow; as though a modern attempt of Piet Mondrian’s famous grid painting. In fact, it draws inspiration from a similar 1930s artwork by Russian artist, Kasimir Malevich.
Decked with ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber floors (EPDM), the court wasn’t just camera ready but game ready. I spent a good 15 minutes admiring the aesthetics of the court and how it blends with the surrounding.
Right across the basketball court is Pigalle’s compact store specialising in just the basketball collection. The actual Pigalle store is only 5 minutes walk away.