December 19, 2018

9 Simply Amazing Gyms

Not all gyms have to be emblazoned with primary colors or whitewashed by plain concrete walls. A gym visit can be a pleasant yet energetic and sometimes exalting experience. Light and mirrors, pops of unexpected color, and natural elements like wood make these gyms more than just a place to work out.

The Best of Contemporary Gym Design

1. Bruin Fitness Center at UCLA by John Friedman Alice Kimm Architectsa UFO-like cut out in the ceiling hangs above rows of ellipticals

Overhead, a dry-wall canopy swoops along the same route as the pathway, spreading out to frame an oculus.

2. Symantec Fitness Center by Genslera woman rests on a bench inside a yellow-walled gym

The Mountain View, California, campus of software company Symantec boasts a suitably high-tech fitness center, dubbed SYMfit. A vinyl pictograph indicates the spin room.

3. New York City Police Academy by Perkins + Willcadets stand in a line behind the NYPD logo on a gym's floor

The main gym is the size of a football field.

4. Physical by Panoramapeople sprint across an adult-sized hopscotch board inside a gray and red gym

Form follows function in this “gym-scape,” where bold design inspires peak performance.

5. Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco’s Don Fisher Clubhousechildren play basketball on brightly lit basketball court with sky lights in the ceiling

TEF Design made the gym the single largest space at the clubhouse.

6. Austin Bouldering Project by Dylan Johnson Associates Architects and Lilianne Steckel Interior Designa man climbs up an indoor rock climbing wall

Turquoise walls give the climbing gym a welcoming look within the industrial space.

7. Roberts Pavilion at Claremont McKenna College by John Friedman Alice Kimm Architectsa brightly lit gym with rows of ellipticals and weights

The Pavilion is a campus hub for meet-ups, study groups, and numerous college organizations in addition to the venue for expected basketball games and workouts.

8. Síclo by Cadena + Asoc. Concept Design and Rojkind Arquitectospeople lounge on risers next to a staircase, with a glowing Siclo sign on the gym's wall

Black-painted lighting tubes descend from the ceiling, while the studio’s logo glows in white neon like a moon on the exposed brick of the rear wall.

9. Equinox in Dumbo, Brooklyn by Inc Architecture & Designa group of people doing yoga in a gym on blue mats raise their hands while facing a mirror

The group fitness studio features floorboards of engineered white oak.

Read more: 4 Wellness-Centered Spaces for Work and Working Out

Recent Projects