Studio C102’s fifth 1Rebel, at London Victoria, is the most radical yet.
Inspired by visionary avant-garde architecture of the 1960s, the 670sq m boutique fitness studio makes maximum use of its ‘contextless’ environment within a new-build development.
The resulting design is as arresting as it is functional, a piece of playful ‘event’ architecture that supports 1Rebel’s aim of attracting a wider audience than a traditional gym. The venue delivers fitness classes as entertainment, allowing customers to socialise while simultaneously improving their health and fitness.
A metal-clad spaceship appears to have crash-landed into the triple-height space. The dramatic intervention contains the UK’s first multi-tier cycling auditorium, counterbalanced by a glowing vertical circulation shaft.
The auditorium’s shimmering skin of aluminium mesh backlit by programmable circular light fittings forms the backdrop for a mirror-polished bar/reception, waiting area and retail space.
Sustainability was a key consideration throughout the design process. The water station encourages the use of refillable bottles, minimising consumption of single-use plastic. The architectural specification included studio flooring made from recycled rubber and walls clad with eco-friendly wood-wool acoustic panels.
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