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 obeat 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 dierent 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 oce, 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 dicult to attract a corporate oce 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 dicult 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 lightlled 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 inuenced 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 dees the stereotypical hot yoga space using hightech heaters to regenerate the airow 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
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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 Floors. Robert and Lucinda Mills. Steel-framed doors by Windows on the World. The front desk. Bathrooms have bespoke hardware designed by Robert and made by Pittella. Tapware by Astra Walker.