Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Rocycle in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by XML
May 15th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: XML
XML completed the design for Rocycle, a boutique fitness studio located in the center of Amsterdam. Rocycle is the first fitness studio in the Netherlands that combines fitness with a high-end hospitality experience, offering full body workout spinning classes.
The XML design for Rocycle’s flagship studio marks the introduction of ‘athleisure’ inspired fitness concepts – merging athletics with leisure – to the Netherlands. The project expands XML’s portfolio of projects that focus on health and sustainability.
The design features a translucent wall with changeable LED texts in the main lobby. While a unisex lockerspace allows for an efficient change between classes, the lobby acts as the main social space offering views to the Amsterdam canals through large windows.
Located on the ground floor of an existing apartment building, XML engineered a soundproofed cycling studio with 27 speakers, offering an immersive music experience.
As part of the project, XML also designed the store-in-store of The Cold Pressed Juicery, Amsterdam’s first full organic Juicery. The fully equipped Juice bar offers fresh juices, smoothies and nutritious food.
XML is an Amsterdam based architecture office operating in the fields of architecture, urbanism and research. XML is committed to designing architecture that both reflects and provokes contemporary ways of life. The office is fuelled by a research-driven approach that turns a careful analysis of a project’s core challenges into the driving force of design. By understanding program organization as a key strategy within each project, XML aims to establish new relations between buildings and continuously evolving societies.
The office is involved in projects ranging from the scale of developing a series of scenarios for organizing the Olympics in the Netherlands for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment to designing store interiors, exhibitions and art installations. Projects include a design for a new UN headquarters in Bonn, an arts pavilion in Hong Kong, a store in the historical center of Amsterdam, and the recently completed new interior for the European Council building in Brussels.
XML has received numerous awards and honors including two first prizes in the pan European architecture prize Europan. In 2014, the office was a finalist for the Prix de Rome prize, the oldest and largest Dutch state prize for Architects under 40.
Category: Fitness center