Illoiha Omotesando climbing wall by Nendo


Illoiha Omotesando climbing wall by Nendo

This project has been around for a while - we first saw it on a few months ago - but Japanese designers Nendo have finally sent us some decent-sized images of their climbing wall at the new Illoiha Omotesando fitness club in Tokyo. Update: this project is included in Dezeen Book of Ideas, which is on sale now for £12.


The highlight is this climbing wall made of English stately home-style accessories such as picture frames and deer heads instead of the usual rock-shaped holds.


Photos are by Daici Ano.


Here is some text from Nendo:


The second branch of the ILLOIHA fitness club is located on two below-ground floors of a building. Since the gym is spread out over the two floors, we decided to use a studio with an unusual two-story ceiling to unify the space.


To express the original brand concept of "becoming beautiful through movement", we chose the theme "rock-climbing on 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.

Posted on Thursday August 2nd 2007 at 10:42 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Wow! I don’t even rock climb, but I’d definitely take up the sport just to climb this gorgeous wall.

  • whoa!

  • Brr

    OH GOD!!! If ever a climbing wall has appealed to me this is it!!!

    Combining my love of design with my love of climbing…

    GOD I wish I was Japanese..

    Not only do they THINK of this…they actually build it!!!!!!!

  • that is fantastic

  • w

    Is that woman climbing in pantyhose with no ropes? deathwish!

  • raspberrytastic

    wow this is amazing! i love both design and rock climbing, and i would absolutely love to climb this wall.
    i really like the details on the picture frames :]

  • sakshi

    i doubt if it provides enough bearing for a foot to rest …..
    it is very interesting…but the pictures are not making it clear if it is actually climbable(if thats a word)…. or not……
    very adventerous though….

  • uhm…if that lady in the skirt climbs any higher i’m sure a crowd will form underneath.

    That is a great idea though! Who DIDNT think of climbing the walls/cupboards as a kid?! this is almost like a dream come true!

  • James Pitman

    So is anyone else thinking of stealing this exact idea and walking up to Disney and saying… “Hey Alice and Wonderland rock climbing wall much?” It’s exactly like falling down the Rabbit hole! All you need is a clock… OMG can you imagine a rock climbing wall with a ticking hand clock, forcing you to climb faster before it gets in your way! I’m having a stroke…. of GENIUS!

  • jaryn finch

    as a climber I can say that wall is more than climbable – it’s scrumptous! I’d love to know if it’s possible to rearrange the current ‘holds’… an amazing idea for being able to change up your space and your climbing!

  • This is so beyond fabulous, I am rendered slightly speechless. Which is… well… just… impossible, I thought. Seriously. My boyfriend and I share a home. He’s an avid and talented climber. I am an artist/designer. Never in a million years would I have thought to have a climbing wall anywhere but in the backyard; but, if it looked like this, I’d say, “bring it”! FANTASTIC!

  • I´m having lot of ideas…

  • terre

    I can’t believe all the comments from people who never thought to do this. What exactly was holding them back? Even if they sell their home, it’s easy to spackle holes…