We’ve seen some fancy gym concepts in our time, from WeWork’s new exercise enterprise to that futuristic French boat powered by stationary bikes. But this minimalist, stone-clad building in China’s Guangdong Province really takes the cake.
Designed by the Chinese firm DOMANI, the Sky Club House isn’t your typical gym, of course. It’s a luxury private club paneled in warm wood and overlooking jet black reflecting pools. Uniformly clad in gray concrete tiles, the building’s exterior gives off more of modernist temple vibe. A pair of large boxy window volumes protrude from the facade, faced in plates of glass on three sides.
Those enormous windows, as well as a glass ceiling above the exercisers, bring ample natural light into the interior—while also putting anyone working out on display to the world. The building feels more like a place to “see and be seen” than to sweat.
The marble-paneled entry space is also fairly stage-like, with an enormous statement stair built of stacked marble. A black metal light fixture made of connected horizontal and vertical tubes hangs down from the ceiling.
Via: World Architecture