피트니스와 스쿼시 클럽은 모던하면서도 운동을 할 수 있는 끊없는 공간을 제공한다.
3개의 절단면을 사용해 강성적이고 내향성 강한 콘크리트 구조물이 무한 연속 공간으로 변환된다.
fitness and squash club by AMB provides a modern endless space for workout
in the new fitness club designed by AMB (andrea marc buchmeier) architects, three cuts convert a rigid and introverted concrete structure into an infinite sequential space. this is shaped by tailor-made steel furniture, light cubes, and eternal reflections. by the omnipresence of the outside in the interior and the sequential perception of changing dimensions, this conversion reconsiders the fitness-club typology.
architects: AMB architects
program: fitness and squash club
photography: joan guillamat
the original building was erected in the 70s as a twelve-court squash center. it consists of four floors, two of which are underground. the aim was to create a sports facility consisting of six squash courts, which remain underground, and a state-of-the-art fitness club on the main floor. the double height space of the courts stands in contrast to the 3-meter room height of the circulation area. the structure is reinforced concrete, while all the courts feature a gallery. that creates a visible spatial connection within the building.
the idea of the project was to create an endless space — therefore, a radical change of the character of the old facility was necessary: all the interior was recycled and 80 tonnes of concrete had been cut out. hereby, the individual courts were put in direct relation to each other, creating a typology that is reminiscent of an enfilade. due to the 3 meter tall and 9 meter long mirrors along the sides of the courts, this effect is multiplied almost infinitely. the mirrors also grant the visual connection to the outside, as it’s now possible to look around the corners. to enhance this aspiration of the infinity, reflections are omnipresent throughout the whole project.
nature, sunlight and artificial light bounce off and blend together on the natural and shiny surfaces: raw steel, sandblasted stainless steel, polycarbonate, glass, wood, and the real silver color on the ceilings and walls. the mixture of the materials creates a contrast between the surreal, the silky, the shiny and the natural. all the steel furniture, including the staircase, balustrades, ashtrays, bins, sinks, etc has been specifically designed with 5 mm steel sheets.