4 Wellness-Centered Spaces for Work and Working Out
As this globe-spanning quartet of athletic and office facilities attests, modern health-oriented projects privilege connection to the great outdoors.
Nový Hrozenkov Primary School Sports Hall, Czech Republic, by Consequence Forma
A brilliantly colorful rock-climbing wall topped by a James Turrell–like skylight dominates this 9,700-square-foot small-town school gymnasium that’s also open to the public. Located in a picturesque valley, the larch-clad facility, which replaces an outdated predecessor, connects to its surroundings through a courtside wall of glass, while more larch appears on ceilings and other interior surfaces.
Centre de glaces de Quebéc, Quebéc City, Canada, by Lemay and Ardoises Architecture
Composed of fluidly continuous forms, this oval structure embodies the speed, dynamism, balance, and skill of the skaters — professional and amateur — who glide across the 145,000 square feet of ice comprising a 400-meter elliptical track and two Olympic-size rinks. A 360-degree ribbon of windows connects the interior to the rolling landscape outside, which includes a beloved community skating rink.
Bakar BioEnginuity Hub, Berkeley, California, by MBH Architects
The design, which includes a glass-fronted addition and two new public plazas, transforms the former Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive — an important 1970 brutalist building by Mario Ciampi — into a modern coworking life-science lab that honors the original architecture’s intent. The team also uncovered and replaced skylights in the central double-height circulation space, bathing dramatic cantilevered ramps in warm daylight.
Serena Williams Building, Nike World Headquarters, Beaverton, Oregon, by Skylab Architecture
Named for the tennis superstar, the 1 million-square-foot, LEED Platinum–certified office building, the largest of the over 75 on the 400-acre campus, comprises three wings connected by a series of sky bridges; filled with works by women artists, including Sarah Rutherford’s emerald-toned mural in the US Open café; and brightened by lush greenery on terraces and suspended public spaces. The site’s timber-covered Shoe Dog footbridge by PLACE is an homage to Nike cofounder and chairman emeritus Phil Knight and his life experiences.
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This Learning Center in Istanbul by Stüdyo AB Encourages Play and Curiosity
IIDA winner Asli Baysan Birgen drew inspiration from the motto of her client, Cocoon Istanbul: “playful learning” for this educational center.
Rapt Studio Employs an Outdoorsy-tech Aesthetic for VF Corporation’s Headquarters in Denver
For VF Corporation’s headquarters in Denver, Rapt Studio employed an outdoorsy-tech aesthetic that reaches new heights in capturing company branding and culture.
Maximalist Keeps the Party Going at the Shinesty Office
For Shinesty, an apparel brand founded by three friends with a love for thrift shops and Burning Man, Maximalist designs a party-ready office.
German Design Brand Holzrausch Opens a Mixed-Use Studio
Holzrausch leans into a natural aesthetic for its Munich studio, with additional room to display its designers’ furniture and lighting accessories.
Compac Opens an Otherworldly Showroom in Spain
For Compac’s new showroom in Spain, the design team tapped a rock-star lineup to craft installations that display the versatility of stone.