We always talk about thinking outside the box when it comes to designing sports and recreation facilities, but it’s something that’s much easier said than done. I’m always inspired when I see a project that truly does push the limits and take us in a new direction.
That’s what I felt when I saw imagery of a new climbing wall at the Illoiha Omotesando fitness club in Tokyo. Instead of traditional rock climbing holds and obstacles, etc. the wall offers stately home-style accessories such as picture frames and deer heads for climbers to use as they scale to new heights.
Clearly, this design isn’t appropriate for most fitness centers – but it shows how we can think differently these spaces. For years and years, rock climbing walls have looked virtually the same. Now, somebody had the innovative spirit to look at it and choose to create something different.
What’s next? Climbing on the exterior walls of buildings? Stay tuned.
Susan Welker, AIA - 18 May 2013
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Yen Cao - 15 May 2013
Way to go Brian! Congrats.
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