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Fitness Center, Villahermosa, Mexico

Wednesday 29 May 2013

Running high in Mexico

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Mario Bolivar creates a contemporary fitness centre for a city in expansion 

The concept of this fitness centre arose from the consideration of the position and shape of the terrain, a triangular plot of 500 sq m located on a street with a 7m incline in between. The parking lot covers the entire ground floor and seeks to follow this decline. Designed by Mario Bolivar Study of Architecture and Design in Villahermosa in Mexico, the glass-rich structure rises high over Tabasco 2000.

Since the rooms could not be uneven given the brief, the final section is 9m above street level. A main stairway leads to the entrance located on the second floor of the club where one enters the gym area and from there, goes downstairs by way of a central staircase to the lounge and bathrooms.

The plot used to be in front of the urban development of Tabasco 2000, thus the design team suggested raising a glass curtain so that users of the club could enjoy the view. The high temperatures led the team to propose the use of a tempered double-glass window façade next to a Low-e.

A silkscreen was applied to the window permitting viewing from the inside looking out, with the reverse effect from the outside. The last section of the building is supported by a double triangle shape steel elements, according with the form of the land. Also in this final part and due of the triangle shape of the terrain, the building reduces in width from wider to narrow.

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