CLAD people

Gabriel Gomera

Gabriel Gomera designer Project: R3 Fitness Centre, Manresa, Spain


Faced with a very tight budget and a small space, Spanish architect Gabriel Gomera decided to let light play centre stage at the R3 fitness centre in Manresa, Spain.

The 230sq m active therapy centre, which is aimed at athletes, is located on the ground floor of a residential building in the town and features a number of different activity and training rooms as well as a reception and entrance area plus changing facilities.

In order to get away from the traditional dark gym, Gomera used large windows and mirrors to open up the small space. The bright yellow flooring contrasts with the white walls and natural woods, and large round ‘saucers’ house the lighting, providing indirect illumination.

“The budget was really low, so we decided to keep the space naked, just adding the most basic elements to make it work,” Gomera told CLADmag. “We played with the light, colour and air, which we used as our main materials.

“I’ve always felt that working out in a closed room was a kind of contradiction. In this centre my aim was to make users feel the freedom of the outdoors. Using air and light we managed to transform the limits of the space.

“I’m very proud of the custom lighting result. We call the ceiling lamps ‘platillos,’ which means small dish in Spanish. We found that this simple round element could transform the atmosphere of the space, while also creating a personal identity for the gym.”

Gallery
Click on an image to open the image gallery
company profile
Company profile: Polin Waterparks
Design, engineering, manufacturing, installation of waterslides, waterparks and waterplay attractions. Polin has perfected hundreds of exclusive and successful projects all around the world: outdoor parks, indoor parks and hotel/resort packages, regardless of the project’s size.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
features
Vincent Callebaut Architects are behind the design of the 
The Gate Heliopolis
The Tsukimi Suite at the Ritz Carlton Kyoto features a ‘moon viewing deck’
"The difference between a hotel and a ryokan is that a hotel is more public and a ryokan is less intense and more intimate"

Across Japan, architects are giving traditional ryokans a modern makeover with surprising results. We take a look

The hotel features two restaurants and two bars, including the Julep Herbal & Vermouth Bar
Olga Polizzi is director of design for Rocco Forte Hotels and also owns two of her own hotels
"On Via Sistina, everything breathes history. At the same time I wanted to reflect the modern hunger for the fantastical - Tommaso Ziffer"

Following the highly anticipated launch of Rome’s Hotel de la Ville, Rocco Forte’s director of design reflects on a fascinating project

Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
To advertise in our catalogue gallery: call +44(0)1462 431385
features
The Sun Room Pavilion in Fujian, China was by HKU students
"Architecture is finally sloughing off its obsession with eternity"

Celebrating ephemeral architecture

The urbanised portions of Serenbe make up 30 per cent of the land, leaving 70 per cent for open space
"If you look at the amount of money we spend on healthcare in the US, and the amount of disease, we have you’ll understand why a lot of folks are starting to look for alternatives - Steve Nygren, Founder, Serenbe"

The US wellness communities providing a new model for living

The existing architecture will be preserved where possible
Monica von Schmalensee
"how often do you get to move a whole town?"

White Arkitekter’s Monica von Schmalensee on how culture and leisure are central to plans to move the Swedish town of Kiruna to stop it being swallowed by its mine

features
Ben van Berkel
"Making buildings more healthy is definitely the future"

UNStudio’s Ben van Berkel shares what he’s learned from projects including the Mercedes- Benz Museum and the Theatre de Stoep

David Collins Studio: The leadership team on legacy and the fun of collaboration
Dublin-born David Collins moved to London in the 1980s and founded David Collins Studio in 1985
"The Studio is such a big part of our lives, that it just continued, albeit through a very challenging period"

David Collins was behind the design of many of London’s hottest destinations Today his legacy lives on via the studio’s glamorous international projects

The Busan Opera House in South Korea features an angled roof that curves down to meet the ground, allowing visitors to climb up to a public space on the rooftop
"We invite people from a range of backgrounds, then when you start doing the creative work you leave your profession behind. It’s like a kind of role play"

The founding partner of Snøhetta talks about the expansion of SFMOMA, the September 11 Memorial Pavilion and blurring professional boundaries

cladkit product news
Alberto Apostoli and Newform collaborate to launch the A.Zeta showerhead
The showerhead offers two modes; rainfall or waterfall
Megan Whitby
Italian architect Alberto Apostoli has renewed his partnership with Newform – an Italian wellness company – and designed A.Zeta. A.Zeta ...
Codelocks develops new glass door smart lock
The new lock model allows facilities and building managers to create and manage access via an app or online portal
Megan Whitby
Codelocks has launched its first glass door smart lock to bring intelligent access control to modern spa, leisure, fitness and ...
CSI Design Expo Americas 2024 announces new Attractions & Entertainment Technology Zone
The event will allow buyers and suppliers to meet
Magali Robathan
Cruise Ship Interiors (CSI) invites cruise lines, shipyards, design studios, outfitters, and suppliers to take part in CSI Design Expo ...
cladkit product news
Alberto Apostoli designs tech-forward Wellness Therapy furniture collection for Varaschin
The furniture collection draws on absolute geometries, pure lines, neutral colours and strong references to nature
Megan Whitby
Furniture manufacturer Varaschin has unveiled the new Wellness Therapy range, designed by Italian spa and wellness architect and designer Alberto ...
Mather & Co and ITV unite to create Coronation Street Experience
Mather & Co has transformed the visitor centre into the ultimate haven for ardent Coronation Street viewers
Magali Robathan
Experience designers, Mather & Co, have orchestrated a remarkable collaboration with ITV to unveil the new Coronation Street Experience, a ...
Eden project uses drones to spell out climate change warning
Magali Robathan
Almost 300 drones were used to signal an environmental message above the Eden Project’s biomes, during the UN Climate Change ...
cladkit product news
Eco Resort Network conference to convene in Mauritius this May
The event will be hosted in the Mauritius in 2024
Megan Whitby
Hospitality industry event Eco Resort Network is set to take place at the Ravenala Attitude Hotel, Turtle Bay, Mauritius, from ...
Koto Design introduces wood-fired hot tub
Koto is known for crafting modular, energy-neutral cabins and homes
Katie Barnes
A striking wood-fired hot tub has been unveiled by Koto, an architecture and design studio which has a passion for ...
Siminetti unveils iridescent decorative panelling range inspired by plants
The Clematis design
Megan Whitby
The Botanicals is Siminetti’s newest Mother of Pearl decorative panelling collection, inspired by the distinctive patterns found in botany and ...