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Last edited 26 Feb 2021
Best gym architecture in the world
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This gym combines vernacular building techniques from Oaxaca with modern technological resources. Adobe, stone, timber, bamboo, tiles, bricks, lime, concrete and steel are all harmoniously combined. The main walls are constructed using 33,000 brown adobe bricks made by artisan groups from nearby villages.
A towering bamboo roof was built between two buildings, covering a central courtyard. The roof was erected on concrete pillars fixed to the bamboo by metal connectors covered with plywood, cardboard asphalt and handmade yellow tiles.
The building uses passive design strategies such as natural ventilation through a horizontal opening that stretches along the top of the adobe walls, and is equipped with systems for capturing rainwater and energy.
The interior uses compact fluorescent lights, which are more energy efficient than traditional fluorescent lights, and mirrored glass that retains hot and cool air, reducing the energy required to maintain thermal comfort.
 Atomic Spa Suisse, Milan
Designed by the Italian architect Simone Micheli, this futuristic wellness centre at the Exedra Milan Hotel allows users to enter a unique 3D multi-sensory environment combining ergonomics and aesthetics.
Tree-like structures made of expanded polypropylene appear to support the cave-like ceiling above the pool. Surfaces are studded with hundreds of 'mirror bubbles' coated with macroscopic plastic chromium, that reflects the blue tones of the pool.
Nendo, the designers of this rock climbing wall in Tokyo's fashion district, decided to break with convention and use interior decorating items like mirrors, bird cages, picture frames, flower vases, and animal heads, as footholds and handholds.
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Part of the extensive redevelopment of London's Broadgate, the design firm Studio C102 oversaw the transformation of the existing plant room and storage space into a contemporary gym with a unique industrial aesthetic.
The interiors of the 750 sq.m gym are 'artfully disheveled', with unevenly textured floors achieved by pouring concrete on different days. The ethos behind the design was to use modest materials in novel ways. The sleek and stylised design includes decoratively arranged pipework, open ceilings, and lockers arranged like Tetris blocks. The lockers are faced in unsealed copper sheets that will naturally age and gain a unique patina
Nicknamed the 'Danube flower', this building was built in 1973 under the approval of the then-President Tito. It was a favourite haunt of celebrities until it fell into decline in the 1990s. Only recently has it been redeveloped and relaunched as a high-performance fitness centre.
The redesign is based on a sequence of sub-division and geometric transformations applied to the original grid. The main volume of the building, which is triangular in plan, is supported only in the centre. The overhangs, approximately 12 m in length, give the building a sense of hovering above the ground.
Equinox's flagship London gym is housed in the historic Art Deco Derry & Toms building at the foot of the Royal Parks, and has been a cultural fixture and luxury haven for residents of West London since opening in 2012. It was converted from the Rainbow Room restaurant, the famous 1970's hangout of Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Marianne Faithfull.
The structural mass rises from the ground and points upward towards the sky. Above the arched entrance, a 9m cantilever extends out and away from the building's curving mass. The building uses timber for the facade, and makes use of natural light with a full-length window that frames the sky.
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