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Maria Sharapova and Dan Meis join forces to design boutique sport and fitness facilities

Tennis star Maria Sharapova has joined forces with US sports architect Dan Meis to start a new design venture creating “inspirational” health, fitness, sporting and wellness facilities for the hospitality sector. Inspired, in part, by hotelier Ian Schrager’s boutique hotel revolution, the pair are already in talks to create branded experience-led training venues for hotels, resorts and sports clubs that will help budding and professional athletes reach their peak performance. They will provide design services, operational consultation and licensing advice
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Gym designers zynk complete dramatic red health club for London's latest Intencity studio

Health club design specialists zynk Design have completed a third Intencity training studio for fitness firm Fusion Lifestyle, which has just opened its doors at Park Road Pools and Fitness, Haringey, London. The team were briefed by Fusion to transform an existing studio into a dedicated, multi-functional training zone designed to give users “access to a boutique fitness experience.” The Fusion brand’s distinctive red and black aesthetics have been used across the separate exercising zones within the 100sq m (328sq
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Paulo Mendes da Rocha and MMBB Arquitetos transform disused São Paulo tower block into vibrant leisure destination

Brazilian design studio MMBB Arquitetos and legendary architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha have collaborated on the transformation of a disused tower block in central São Paulo into a vibrant leisure destination for the city. Created for Brazilian non-profit SESC, the 14-storey building, situated on Rua 24 de Maio and Rua Dom José de Barro, has been stripped of several unnecessary elements – including a bankrupt department store at its heart – to clear space. New facilities have been introduced in
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Will gas stations be transformed into the health clubs of the future? Reebok partners with Gensler for 'Get Pumped' proposal

Global architecture and design firm Gensler have collaborated with sports giant Reebok to create a new concept transforming gas stations across the US into fitness hubs. The proposal, called Get Pumped, is a long-term vision for adaptive reuse inspired by the rising demand for electric automobiles, which will lessen the demand for gas stations. Gensler have imagined various ways in which these redundant facilities could become community spaces, “where people can prioritise their mental and physical wellness and access fuel
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Details revealed for Equinox Hotel in Chicago's West Loop

Chicago developer Related Midwest has revealed the first renderings of the 680ft (207m) skyscraper it is planning for the city, which will include an Equinox hotel and fitness club. Details of the 58-storey project were revealed last week at a public meeting. The tower – which will flank the Kennedy Expressway at 725 W Randolph Street – will include 165 guest rooms, a spa and 370 rental apartments. At ground level, there will be retail space for shops and restaurants,
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Do design and colour impact your workout? Architect Rabih Geha aims to find out with Beirut gym

A boutique health club exploring how lighting and design impact the effectiveness of your workout has opened in Beirut, Lebanon. Health club brand U Energy commissioned local practice Rabih Geha Architects to design the 1,200sq m (12,900sq ft) underground project as “a place to provide respite from the hectic nature of daily life” in the city. In order to encourage connection and interaction, the gym – which includes weightlifting areas, a stretching zone, spinning and yoga studios and changing rooms
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The club has been designed to encourage socialising among its users, with several spaces for relaxation

Fit for anything

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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Marcos Cain, founder of Stickman Design, who designed the Trainyard Gym

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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

"We’re passionate about market disupters – companies with conviction and a will to change"

The founders of new microgym 1Rebel
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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 design features industrial-looking surfaces and exposed pipework

Interview: Pumped up

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
Philippe Starck has gone back to his roots with his ‘inflatable’ health club in Marseille, France. We take a look around
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There’s been a huge increase in the number of running groups, clubs and events, showing the public thirst to be more active

Active Design

"Even small changes to design can have a huge knock-on effect in terms of getting people active."

Could adopting a different approach to city design help make residents healthier? Jacqueline Bennett reports
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WG+P also designed Core Collective’s Kensington gym

Body beautiful

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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