Shop in a Swimming Pool: Neglected Space Turned into a Store

The designers were drawn to the soft light, charm and quirkiness of the space, and the shallow depth of the pool lends itself well for adaptation into a showroom. The shell of the abandoned pool and its steel ladder have become key elements of the final design, with the pool walls defining the space of the shop. Shop in a Swimming Pool: Neglected Space Turned into a Store

Until recently, this indoor swimming pool on the vacant ground floor of a 1970s apartment building in Tokyo was just an empty space, dry and disused for years. Entering the shop feels a bit like gaining access to a secret underground space that few are savvy to, as the door is simply marked with an inconspicuous sign reading ‘The Pool.’
Comment on Facebook White shelving units are mounted along the edges to display goods, and U-shaped stainless steel clothing racks hanging from the ceiling echo the look of pool hand rails. A newly installed glass ceiling floods the room with natural light, and the bathrooms were turned into fitting rooms.

Updated: 13.12.2014 — 19:16