An outdoor enthusiast's dream store, the new Sun & Ski Sports in Katy Mills Mall (Katy, Texas) specializes in skiing, skating, biking, climbing and camping equipment. Designers at Gotsdiner Architects, Houston, focused on bringing the outdoors indoor, using rustic-looking surfaces and fixtures, and backlit graphics that depict outdoor scenes.
Beyond sporting goods, the store's attractions include a 24-foot-tall climbing wall for shoppers to test their physical ability and a "ski lodge" featuring a sophisticated "ski-deck" machine for trying out ski equipment.
CLIENT DESIGN: Sun & Ski Sports, Katy Texas
DESIGN: Gotsdiner Architects, HoustonSUPPLIERS: Associated/ACC International Ltd., New York (hard flooring); Patcraft, Dalton, Ga. (carpet); D.K. Conde Wood, San Diego; and Modular Wood Systems, Caudville, Va. (fixtures); Fixtures International, Houston; and Countertop Specialties, Houston (millwork); Foam Technology, Symmetry Products, Providence, R.I.; and Creations Unlimited, Houston (faux materials); The Color Place, Dallas (graphics)
PHOTOGRAPHY: Judd Haggard, Bellaire, Texas