WADA Sports Shop in Himeji-shi

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WADA Sports Shop in Himeji-shi

Flagship Store in Kansai, Japan – design by Matsuya Art Works / KTX archiLAB

24 Oct 2017

WADA Sports Shop

Architect: KTX archiLAB

Location: Himeji-shi, Kansai region, Japan

WADA Sports Shop

WADA Sports Shop in Himeji-shi

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, WADA Sports is moving to a newly built headquarter and main retail shop. The new building is also a studio for Wada Bari technology, the brand’s original racket stringing technology.

WADA Sports Shop in Himeji-shi

WADA Sports Shop in Himeji-shi

The interior of the shop has a gigantic elliptical metallic structure supporting the building. This design seizes the structure to turn it into a huge fixture for the rackets.

WADA Sports Shop in Himeji-shi WADA Sports Shop in Himeji-shi

WADA Sports Shop in Himeji-shi WADA Sports Shop in Himeji-shi

Below the elliptical structure, the racket products are aligned in an originally designed fixture. The rackets are arranged in series and made easy to pick up one by one to feel the difference of touch, thickness, and weight.

WADA Sports Shop in Himeji-shi

WADA Sports Shop in Himeji-shi

Above, the elliptical shape is used as a display of various valuable rackets collected from all over the country; wooden vintage rackets, rackets used by famous players, and even rackets that was miraculously saved during the great Tohoku earthquake in 2011.

WADA Sports Shop in Himeji-shi

This collection of valuable rackets transforms the shop’s interior to look like a museum of rackets.

WADA Sports Shop in Himeji-shi

WADA Sports Shop in Himeji-shi

This new building is not only celebrating the 30 years of WADA Sports history, but it also is a modern Noah’s Ark transmitting the culture of racket sports to the next generations.

WADA Sports Shop in Himeji-shi

WADA Sports, Himeji-shi : Building Information

Project Name: The Racket Submarine
Project Identification: WADA Sports, Flagship Store.
Client: WADA Sports
Location: Himeji City, Japan.
Address: Sakanoue 102-3 Aboshi, 671-1223 Himeji, Japan
End of construction work: Sept13th 2017
Duration of construction work: 5months
Total Floor area: 412sqm
Design Company: Matsuya Art Works / KTX archiLAB.
Head Architect Designer: Tetsuya Matsumoto

WADA Sports Shop in Himeji-shi

Photo Credit: © Stirling Elmendorf

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