faster, further, higher
smarter, brighter and better, that’s the walls of the new adidas gym.
colourful decorations made up of numbers and letters get the rooms in
the company’s own gym into shape, boosting energy, pulse and power.
up to ten metres tall, the graphic elements are more than just feel-good
wallpaper, instead communicating actively with the gym’s users as
they warm up or chill. because the numbers and letters are also signs,
holding coded messages that can be deciphered or ignored at will. At
first sight they are numbers and colours like the ones that appear on
sportswear. the colours are indeed taken from the world of sport but all
jumbled up. a closer look reveals – through the beads of sweat – the
number 13, once worn, for example, by gerd mueller, plus the 10 and 23,
which starts one wondering who they could stand for. just what »om
bliss« and »relax« are all about is revealed by a visit to the bar. in some
rooms there are bright ideas to be found in the shape of huge illuminated
numbers on the ceiling: 54… now wasn’t that the year of germany’s
miraculous world cup win? whatever, there’s plenty here to think and
talk about. welcome to the gym!

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