From Skate Shop
to Skate Park
John sets up Origin
After developing a niche of urban wear in the family store, John sets up a store of his own rooted in board culture.
Over the years a close relationship with the city youth and street cultures is formed.
A few years later...
John had been listening to young Galway citizens and continued to be an active part in the development of the Latin Quarter and city festivities.
In a city enveloped in culture, sport and rain, John saw there was a lack of a safe, weather proof venue for young people to be active and social all year round.
2 years later...
A 2 year dialogue with over 350 members of the arts, youth and business communities informs the vision for what is now The Vault. These conversations shape The Vault beyond a space. A community of makers and movers begins to form.
Uncovering a space
Hidden in a basement in the city centre was the space for this community. Three stories from ground to basement levels will become an extension of the street that will be home to The Vault.
Designing the space for a community
Architect and Galwegian Daryl Mulvihill of DMAU architects in the Netherlands is commissioned to design The Vault. Daryl draws on his experience designing public spaces and integrates the positive culture of skateboarding into the experience of The Vault.
Planning permission granted!
Wohooo! The city planners find the project to be the perfect fit for its location - providing the right social space and services for the city.
Down to the nitty gritty
Financing and construction are the next priorities for the space. But the story does not pause here - the community is still growing and you are welcome to join us!