Past Health Studio / MAG.DESIGN + DRAA
Textual content description offered by the architects. Past is the third studio designed by MAG.DESIGN and DRAA, in collaboration with the visionary founding father of boutique health club BECYCLE, Gundula Cöllen. The studio is situated on Reichenberger Straße, a quickly growing “Kietz” within the fashionable Berlin neighborhood of Kreuzberg, and is tucked away within the yard of an industrial enterprise.
As with their earlier initiatives, the design staff targeted on an experimental design that reimagines the spatial expertise of a health studio. The doorway to the studio is a discreet industrial door, hidden in a passageway between backyards. Upon coming into, guests are instantly stunned by the drastic change of surroundings, inviting them to discover the studio additional. The design’s objective was to create the intentional sensation of coming into a rabbit gap into one other world.
The design of the studio posed the numerous problem of harmonizing the divergent design languages of the 2 completely different buildings, one industrial and the opposite an residence constructing, between which the studio extends. This needed to be achieved whereas preserving the historic integrity of the prevailing construction. The modular construction used within the studio not solely aimed to switch drywall but in addition to infuse the 2 current buildings, with the assistance of an architectural parasite, right into a unified entity.
Concerning the modular construction, the design staff opted to check the visible counterpoint between a prefabricated cross-laminated timber (CLT) construction inside an current brick constructing. This highlights the redundancy of self-sustaining buildings within the realm of interiors, offering a powerful impact of reality, refuge, and containment, removed from a false manufactured and synthetic ambiance. This method represents an attention-grabbing distinction to conventional inside design strategies and opens up a broad debate on mechanized wooden in building, which is never associated to haptics.
Concerning performance, the design staff understands that Past is a spot to give attention to the physique and thoughts, taking a break from day by day routines. The studio’s choices embody meditative yoga, reformer pilates, and HIIT lessons. To fulfill the completely different wants of every coaching session, the lighting design, in collaboration with Marco Riedel, adapts to completely different moods, from heat and enjoyable chandelier lighting to a dynamic membership expertise.
The collection of supplies used within the studio follows a radically sustainable method. As a substitute of tons of drywall, the varied rooms of the studio are separated by modular stable spruce wooden partitions. This reduces the quantity of drywall utilized by over 90% in comparison with beforehand designed studios. Solely particular drywall panels are nonetheless utilized in moist areas. To steadiness the tender and heat wooden construction, Mont Blanc blocks of chilly and arduous quartzite have been used for the reception desk and make-up counters.