Independent Japanese bicycle company Tokyobike has found a new home for its Sydney retail venture in the new Paramount complex.
Yuki Sugahara, one of the directors of Tokyobike, also designed the new space. The historical significance of the building posed a unique set of challenges to the design. “We weren’t allowed to use the walls to support our fit-out so we made everything freestanding,” she says.
The idea was to create a very gentle and calm space, says Sugahara, which welcomes everyone – not only people who are interested in bikes. The resulting space is light-filled and open, featuring whitewashed walls and exposed brickwork. The all-white bicycle that hangs from a wall could be an art installation, and Sugahara says there are plans to hold exhibitions in the store.
The polished design extends to the large white table bearing bicycle accessories, and two strikingly unusual oversized light bulbs hanging above the mechanic area (“normally used for squid fishing in Japan”).
Founded in Tokyo in 2002, Tokyo Bike opened its Sydney store in 2010. The following year it branched out into London, Berlin, Singapore and Melbourne. The brand sells lightweight bicycles designed for comfortable city riding.
The Paramount building on Commonwealth Street was built in 1940 on land that the government of the day put forward as part of a long-term slum-clearing project and was home to Paramount Film Services’ commercial operations in Australia.
Right Angle Studio, the team behind Melbourne’s Rooftop Cinema, is responsible for the Golden Age Bar and Cinema, the latest incarnation of the old Paramount basement screening room and the revitalised building will also house a cafe alongside Tokyobike.
Tokyobike Surry Hills
Suite G.02 Ground Floor Paramount Building, 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
Tues to Fri 11am–5pm
Sat & Sun 9am–4pm