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Pumped: Gyms that flex their design muscle

ARCHITONIC | August 21, 2018 by Dominic Lutyens

Fitness studios around the globe are going for the architectural burn.


The game-changing gyms of upscale fitness company Equinox in Los Angeles – designed by MBH Architects – swap banal utilitarian interiors for old-world grandeur. The first – formerly a TV studio – offers spaces for pilates, cycling, hot yoga and spa treatments, all radiating from a multi-storey, glazed atrium. A marble reception desk and fluted columns with gold bases create a richly sensual atmosphere. A continuous curve penetrating the entire space, paired with indirect, golden lighting, were conceived as wayfinding elements.


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