Rock climbing has evolved over the years, and heavily pushed its way into the mainstream fitness scene as a way for both “average joes” and avid climbers to get a great workout.
We have witnessed a lot of incredible climbing walls, including the world’s tallest climbing wall, but nothing like this before. Offering a change of pace, the Illoiha Omotesando fitness center located in Tokyo is something truly unique. Designed by Nendo, the wall swaps out standard rock-shaped holding elements in favor of household objects.
Nendo outlines the objective behind the project: ” Here is the official project description from Nendo: To express the original brand concept of “becoming beautiful through movement”, we chose the theme “rock-climbing in Omotesando” and developed a design that uses the mismatch between a rugged outdoor sport and Tokyo’s fashion district to its advantage. Instead of the usual rough and outdoorsy climbing wall, we came up with the idea of using interior design elements like picture frames, mirrors, deer heads, bird cages and flower vases to create a challenging wall with hard-to-find holds and unusual finger grips. We hope that our uniquely Omotesando-style climbing wall inspires newcomers to try out the sport, and starts a new wave in fitness with style.”