Set within a Dubai shopping mall, the gym is the latest outpost from fitness company Warehouse Gym. It already has five branches across the city, which each seek to blend exercise and club culture by providing live DJs and nightclub-style lighting during workouts.
The interior takes cues from brutalist architecture and features raw stamped concrete walls, beams and columns.
Overhead, a coffered ceiling conceals an elaborate network of advanced lighting technology that’s designed to further emphasise the gym’s underground feel.Instead of the singular, fully-lit environment of a traditional gym, the lighting system can create a variety of moods and accentuate individual spaces and activities.
Circular niches have also been carved out of the ceiling and backlit to appear as faux skylights.The concealed network of lighting is installed on a customised grid structure with a track system that runs in all directions throughout the space.
The flexible tracks are fitted with two kinds of spotlights that focus on the gym’s equipment and stations. The spotlights can be adjusted in number and intensity according to the requirements of each training zone.
By combining the brutalist design elements with state-of-the-art lighting, the studio hoped to recreate the feel of an old fight club.