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Neil Denari designs spherical complex for adidas and Dezeen's P.O.D.System Architecture project

In this Dezeen movie, architect Neil Denari reveals the spherical building concept he developed for P.O.D.System Architecture, our new collaboration with adidas Originals.

For the P.O.D.System Architecture project, Dezeen and adidas commissioned five Los Angeles-based architecture firms to create a series of conceptual structures drawing from the sports brand's recently launched P.O.D.System sneakers.

The first P.O.D.System Architecture design is a conceptual live-work complex by Neil M Denari Architects called adidasphere.

Neil Denari's adidas Sphere proposal is a live-work proposal inspired by the sports brand's Pod.System trainer
Architect Neil Denari has created a spherical building concept for Pod.System Architecture, a new collaboration between Dezeen and adidas Originals

Denari says the design references the P.O.D.System shoe's distinctive outsole, which is made up of three components, each featuring a different shock-absorbing technology.

"Our inspiration for the project was primarily the way in which individual elements come together to make a whole," he explains in the movie, which Dezeen filmed for adidas Originals in Los Angeles.

Neil Denari's adidas Sphere proposal is a live-work proposal inspired by the sports brand's Pod.System trainer
Named adidasphere, the conceptual residential complex makes reference to the sports brand's new P.O.D.System trainer

The spherical structure is fifteen storeys tall, and incorporates 80 pods that function as spaces for both living and working.

Interwoven amongst the pods are running ramps and paths for pedestrians, as well as silos for vertical farming.

Neil Denari's adidas Sphere proposal is a live-work proposal inspired by the sports brand's Pod.System trainer
The building features 80 live-work pods, linked by pedestrian walkways and elevated running tracks

Denari claims that the project incorporates "a whole world of sustainable ideas that represent the collective nature of living in cities".

The architect says that his studio drew from a range of different technologies used in the P.O.D.System sneakers to design the building, such as adidas' trademark Boost shock-absorbing foam, which is used in the heel of the shoe.

Neil Denari's adidas Sphere proposal is a live-work proposal inspired by the sports brand's Pod.System trainer
The spherical shape of Denari's proposal draws on an image he found of a ball of adidas' signature Boost material.

The building's spherical shape was influenced by an image Denari's team discovered of a ball of Boost material, which is made by fusing small, elliptical, thermoplastic pellets together.

"It was really the magical moment to galvanise our ideas," he says.

Neil Denari's adidas Sphere proposal is a live-work proposal inspired by the sports brand's Pod.System trainer
Denari imagines that the residential pods would be constructed from a lightweight mesh material, referencing the upper of the P.O.D.System shoe

In addition, Denari says that the pods – which form the building's residential units – would be made from a lightweight mesh-like material, drawing from the breathable uppers of the P.O.D.System shoe.

"We imagine that the pods would be constructed from a mesh material that would allow them to have fresh air moving through them and filtered light," he explains.

Neil Denari's adidas Sphere proposal is a live-work proposal inspired by the sports brand's Pod.System trainer
Denari claims that the project incorporates "a whole world of sustainable ideas that represent the collective nature of living in cities". Photo by Injinash Unshin

"This project is really thinking about the future of lightweight materials and how they might be applied to architecture."

In this respect, Denari says that the design of adidasphere represents many of the ideas his practice explores across its other work.

"We're interested in technology and its cultural effects – how it makes buildings more useful and more sustainable," he claims. "This project is representative of a lot of ideas that we're focussed on."

Neil Denari's adidas Sphere proposal is a live-work proposal inspired by the sports brand's Pod.System trainer
Neil Denari, founder of Neil M Denari Architects. Photo by Injinash Unshin

This movie was filmed by Dezeen in Los Angeles. It is the first of five videos as part of the P.O.D.System Architecture collaboration between Dezeen and adidas Originals.

Subsequent videos in the series will feature building concepts designed by fellow Los Angeles-based architecture firms Design, Bitches, Brooks + Scarpa, Standard Architecture and Bureau Spectacular.

You can watch all the videos as we publish them in the coming weeks at dezeen.com/podsystem.

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Neil Denari's adidas Sphere proposal is a live-work proposal inspired by the sports brand's Pod.System trainer
Neil Denari's adidas Sphere proposal is a live-work proposal inspired by the sports brand's Pod.System trainer
Neil Denari's adidas Sphere proposal is a live-work proposal inspired by the sports brand's Pod.System trainer
Neil Denari's adidas Sphere proposal is a live-work proposal inspired by the sports brand's Pod.System trainer
Neil Denari's adidas Sphere proposal is a live-work proposal inspired by the sports brand's Pod.System trainer
Neil Denari's adidas Sphere proposal is a live-work proposal inspired by the sports brand's Pod.System trainer
Neil Denari's adidas Sphere proposal is a live-work proposal inspired by the sports brand's Pod.System trainer
Neil Denari's adidas Sphere proposal is a live-work proposal inspired by the sports brand's Pod.System trainer
Neil Denari's adidas Sphere proposal is a live-work proposal inspired by the sports brand's Pod.System trainer
Neil Denari's adidas Sphere proposal is a live-work proposal inspired by the sports brand's Pod.System trainer
Neil Denari's adidas Sphere proposal is a live-work proposal inspired by the sports brand's Pod.System trainer
Neil Denari's adidas Sphere proposal is a live-work proposal inspired by the sports brand's Pod.System trainer
Neil Denari's adidas Sphere proposal is a live-work proposal inspired by the sports brand's Pod.System trainer
Neil Denari's adidas Sphere proposal is a live-work proposal inspired by the sports brand's Pod.System trainer
Neil Denari's adidas Sphere proposal is a live-work proposal inspired by the sports brand's Pod.System trainer