An urban running community hub in the heart of Johannesburg. adidas Runners is a global running movement designed to energize, support and unite runners all over the world.

We were tasked with creating Africa’s first, one-of-a-kind community running hub for adidas Runners called Runbase, a unique urban running community clubhouse in the heart of Johannesburg.

Our design utilised repurposed shipping containers to create a unique and interactive environment consisting of product display and merchandising, trial facilities, socially focused community areas and bars as well as essential features like showers, lockers and change rooms.

A large open decked area acted not only as a space to hang out, but to host training classes, yoga sessions and parties.

Due to lack of street facing space we created a unique deck above street level retail, providing ourselves a unique ‘rooftop’ location in prime location with maximum visibility.

Urbain McGee, Lourens Smit, Werner Botha