Wall­pa­per, chan­de­liers and wal­nut: a cult gym brand steps up the work­out scene.

Western Living - - DESIGN - —Stacey McLach­lan

We once were sat­is­fied with a gym ex­pe­ri­ence as long as it had a work­ing tread­mill and the TV was turned to the Food Net­work. But since the ar­rival of Equinox onto the Van­cou­ver fit­ness scene, the bar for our stan­dards (or should we say “barre”?) has been se­ri­ously raised.

The space chan­nels a chic West Coast spa vibe while pro­vid­ing gym rats with 33,000 square feet to play in. “What struck us about Van­cou­ver is its jux­ta­po­si­tion be­tween be­ing ur­ban and the con­nec­tion to the nat­u­ral world,” says Aaron Richter, se­nior vi­cepres­i­dent of de­sign for Equinox. “There’s a play be­tween man-made and nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, be­tween smooth and rough tex­tures, be­tween in­ti­mate and grand spa­ces.”

Or­ganic el­e­ments like bleached wal­nut be­hind the re­cep­tion desk and con­crete floors set the tone from the front door through to the lounge (com­plete with a fire­place); a mir­rored ceil­ing adds a hit of city-slicker glam­our. In the stu­dio spa­ces, wall­pa­per brings tex­ture and pat­tern into oth­er­wise min­i­mal­ist rooms. There are no down­lights here, to ac­com­mo­date com­fort dur­ing on-your-back work­outs. “Light­ing is func­tional first,” says Richter, but, that be­ing said, it’s also not com­pletely util­i­tar­ian: a Tom Dixon Plane chan­de­lier hangs above a black iron stair­case, wel­com­ing mem­bers to a gym that sweats the small stuff with pride.

One More Time Re­claimed bleached wal­nut from Madera’s Re­runs forms the back­drop for the front desk. madera-trade.com

Hot Stuff Keep those mus­cles warm af­ter a work­out by the luxe fire­place, built from un-sanded fi­bre ce­ment board.

Wall to Wall In the barre room, the walls are cov­ered in a pa­per from the Astek Wall­cov­er­ing Lay­ered Earth col­lec­tion. astek­wall­cov­er­ing.com

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