Belle - - Contents - Pho­to­graphs MARK ROPER Words TANYA BUCHANAN

Yoga in a hot new venue.

Hus­band and wife team, ar­chi­tect Robert and yogi Lucinda Mills, know a thing or two about cre­at­ing good-look­ing struc­tures.

A 1 9 3 0 s A RT DE C O B E AU T Y on an edgy street at the bor­der of Syd­ney’s Kings Cross and Potts Point has been given an el­e­gant makeover and a fresh pur­pose as One Hot Yoga & Pi­lates stu­dio. The brain­child of ar­chi­tect Robert and yogi Lucinda Mills, it is part of a sub­tle re­gen­er­a­tion that is giv­ing this colour­ful night zone a real­life per­son­al­ity by day.

Kel­lett Street is home to a swag of di­verse busi­nesses and o‚beat char­ac­ters and this is just one of the new des­ti­na­tions open­ing around the area that will at­tract a less­noc­tur­nal tribe to the mix with a di‚er­ent lust for life! It’s won­der­ful that the build­ing that was spe­cially com­mis­sioned for Wool­worths, com­plete with din­ing room, and has housed the ABC’s head oŠce, and the Syd­ney Sym­phony Or­ches­tra and Aus­tralian Cham­ber Or­ches­tra, has been re­vived by an ar­chi­tect sym­pa­thetic to its her­itage and able to in­ject it with a con­tem­po­rary pur­pose.

The City of Syd­ney is the Mills’s cur­rent land­lord and the lease ex­tends for a gen­er­ous 15 years. “The build­ing was va­cant for a long time be­cause with­out park­ing it was diŠcult to at­tract a cor­po­rate oŠce to lease the space. We had been search­ing for a Syd­ney site for a year and when we saw the build­ing we said yes im­me­di­ately,” ex­plains Robert.

“It would be diŠcult to achieve this kind of ven­ture with­out the mar­riage of our ex­per­tise – lit­er­ally. Lucinda’s yoga ex­pe­ri­ence and my de­sign skills meant we could get the space “nished in just six weeks,” says Robert.

And the stu­dio it­self? It is light­“lled with beau­ti­ful views over the ur­ban rooftops of the area through to Padding­ton and be­yond. It reinforces One Hot Yoga’s mantra that con­tent­ment is based on the col­li­sion of ar­chi­tec­ture, yoga and pi­lates – the premise that our hap­pi­ness is in•uenced by the space we in­habit both in­side and out­side our bod­ies.

An air of sub­tle lux­ury per­me­ates the en­tire ad­dress, from the serene foyer with leather­topped ban­quette seat­ing, gen­er­ous solid­oak ta­ble, Joshua Yeld­ham art­work and tac­tile tim­ber •oors to the airy rooms, linen cur­tains and gold and brass bath­room “nishes de­signed by Robert and cus­tom­made. It de“es the stereo­typ­i­cal hot yoga space us­ing high­tech heaters to re­gen­er­ate the air•ow so that what you are breath­ing is fresh. And the ses­sions are ac­com­pa­nied by an up­lift­ing sound­track that is not re­motely jar­ring.

“Lucinda and I be­lieve in do­ing the job prop­erly – it’s prob­a­bly old­fash­ioned but if you pro­vide a good­qual­ity de­sign and ex­pe­ri­ence, it might take time but peo­ple will fol­low,” ex­plains Robert.

34 Kel­lett Street, Potts Point, NSW; one­ho­tyoga.com.au

Th­ese pages, clock­wise from left A serene foyer with an art­work by Joshua Yeld­ham above a solid oak ta­ble by An­drew Lowe from Hub greets yoga and pi­lates fans. ‘Trum­pet’ light from Cult, ‘Flow’ dining chairs by MDF Italia from Hub. Floor by Royal Oak...

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