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.
Vondelgym Oost in Amsterdam, Netherlands by TANK BV
May 29th, 2018 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: TANK BV
Vondelgym focuses on hybridism. They offer classes that combine high-intensity training with Pilates and yoga and believe that large open spaces allow participants to ‘feel the energy of the other classes. Fitness is part of a lifestyle. It’s about being critical of yourself and your environment. Clients put extra care and effort into their health and appearance and equally expect a cared-for interior design in the spaces they frequent.
Having a transparent layout was essential to the concept of this 1100 m2 space so noise management was necessary. A search for more acoustic materials that also fit the design was one of the key challenges. Fitness becoming increasingly part of a persons lifestyle and identity, it was crucial for the Vondelgym to become a social hub. The second test was to create a design that prolongs dwell time and enhances the community feel.
Vondelgym features a selection of natural contemporary and nostalgic materials, blending a warm and clubby atmosphere with a loft-like industrial urban feel, bypassing the hi-tech severity of traditional gyms. TANK, specialized in hospitality design, added an oversized bar to its contemporary interpretation of an old-school boxing gym and managed to transform a space into a social hub and created movement of likeminded people.
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