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Dubai firm to build the world’s largest sports mall

Emirati real estate developer Viva City Developments has announced that it will supervise the creation of a record-breaking sports complex in Dubai. Dubbed "The Sports Society", the 3-storey structure will occupy 3,717 sq m of space and a feature number of leisure attractions, such as an ice-skating rink, trampoline park, martial arts dojo, bowling alley, and cricket simulator, as well as multiple climbing walls and retail shops. Other amenities in the new community space will include spa and beauty studios
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Handel Architects design ocean club and resort at historic Asbury Park

Handel Architects have released images of their latest project on the New Jersey Shore: the Asbury Ocean Club. Developed by iStar, the new mixed-development property, which will be located in the popular Asbury Park beachfront district, will rise 16 storeys and include a 54-room hotel as well as 130 residences. The estimated US$300m (€262m, £233m) complex – which will feature the interior design expertise of studios Anda Andrei and Bonetti/Kozerski – will also feature a number of leisure amenities and
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First look at University of Warwick’s heavily anticipated sports centre

The University of Warwick has released an in-depth fly-through video of its soon-to-be-completed sports and wellness hub in Coventry, UK. Set to become one of the largest recreational and fitness facilities in Britain, the David Morley-designed complex will span 16,684 sq ft (1,550 sq m) and feature a 12-court sports hall and 230-station gym, as well as pools, indoor climbing walls, fitness suites, studio spaces, and outdoor sports pitches. The £49m project, which ties in with Coventry’s tenure as the
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Loughborough University opens doors on innovative Elite Athlete Hotel

The Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel (EAC) – the first sports-centric venue of its kind in the UK – has opened at Loughborough University. Designed by David Morley Architects and developed in partnership with UK Sport, Sport England, the English Institute of Sport, and Imago Venues, the 44-room, fitness-focused hotel also includes 20 'high-altitude rooms'. These unique chambers simulate the low oxygen atmospheric conditions of transalpine mountains and accelerate the production of performance-enhancing red blood cells, allowing athletes to literally
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PES-Architects scoop futuristic Turku revitalisation project

Finnish studio PES-Architects have won a competition to design what’s been described as a "future-oriented" urban "archipelago" in Turku, Finland. Dubbed "Luoto" (skerry), the estimated €500m (US$571m, £435m) project will see the coastal city gain a 170,000 sq m experience centre, which will include a multipurpose sports arena, hotel, chapel, residences, and office space, as well a number of entertainment and retail facilities. The new destination, which PES says will offer "out-of-the-ordinary experiences" will be built around the Turku railyard
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Welsh council to consider plans for £200m wellness and life science village

Work could soon begin on what has been described as one of the first developments of its kind in the world. The £200m Llanelli Wellness and Life Science Village, planned for the Carmarthenshire coast, is set to include a wellness hotel, sports and wellbeing centre, wellness spa and primary care centre. An outline planning application for the project will be assessed by mid-November, with preparatory works on site at Delta Lakes being earmarked for coming months. The project’s first phase,
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"Even small changes to design can have a huge knock-on effect in terms of getting people active."

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The café bar area features a neon pink sign and a range of lime green furniture and tiling. Starck aimed to create a light, airy feel across the health club, while adding a sense of fun

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Le Nuage opened in September 2014. Other recent projects include Café Ha(a)ïtza in Pyla-sur-Mer, France which opened in July, and the Yoo at Metropica condo, which has just broken ground in Miami
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The club features two studios for boxing, with a range of classes developed by George Foreman III

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DMAC’s Dwayne MacEwen

"The hotel concept came late in the game, but it was an inspired idea"

The newly renovated Chicago Midtown Athletic Club features a boutique hotel, a pool-come-ice rink and spaces designed by Venus Williams
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The look was inspired by street art and by the neighbourhood’s industrial buildings

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The interior showcases a mix of reclaimed industrial features and was designed by Studio C102

James Balfour, Giles Dean and Kevin Yates

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The health club was designed with a series of air-filled ‘pillows’ on the façade to give an impression of lightness

Interview: Philippe Starck

Philippe Starck, whose first company was set up to create inflatable objects in the 1960s

"Le Nuage is a factory of energy for everyone and for the town of Montpellier"

Starck, who’s been breaking the rules since the 60s, talks about his ‘inflatable’ health club
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The yoga studio

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With a growing awareness of the link between wellbeing and our surroundings, gym designers are focusing on creating spaces that are inspiring to spend time and exercise in. We check out some good-looking health clubs
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