5 Global Firms Take a Holistic Approach to Healthy Spaces
Whether a skin-care clinic or a multisport center, firms from Hong Kong to the Czech Republic are taking holistic approaches to creating healthful spaces.
Global Firms Take Innovative Approaches to Spaces That Prioritize Health and Wellness
L’usine des Sports, Tarbes, France
A 1937 artillery factory in south- west France finds new life as a center for track and field, basketball, handball, badminton, and rock climbing, its 65-foot height set under the rhythmic geometry of a sawtooth roof. Chartreuse-accented interventions, such as a mezzanine viewing gallery and towering climbing walls, cleverly zone the ample square footage.
Vitae, Hong Kong
At the top of the Peninsula Office Tower—an extension of the city’s iconic hotel—with views of Victoria Harbor, this floor-though cosmetics clinic reads like a collectible-design gallery. Blush-pink plaster walls and plush carpet and marble flooring arranged in concentric circles surround such sculptural furniture as a totemlike floor lamp and cocooning seating.
ARG Studio and Francisca Ramalho
Hospital São João, Porto, Portugal
Channeling whimsy and optimism, Lisbon-based artist Ramalho used ARG’s effective chromatic interior architecture for a pediatric ward as the jumping-off point for bright lenticular graphics strewn like children’s toys across a wall. They’re joined by a joyful installation of kite shapes flying high along the entry corridor’s louvered ceiling.
The University of California San Francisco Connie Frank Transplant Center
The renovation and expansion of the center in a Brutalist 1970’s building highlights its previously hidden original concrete columns and arched beams. A newly simplified palette pairs white solid-surfacing with engineered oak, while cove lighting inspired by the tendrils of fog that often blanket the Bay Area trace the free-flowing plan.
The skinny, slanted, load-bearing columns of DAM Architekti’s futuristic Main Point Pankrác buildings is echoed in the interiors of this medical spa within the complex. Each room is circular, like an enlarged pillar, a shape repeated in the solid-oak dowels descending from the ceiling and the glass-rod half-walls wrapping saunas and the cryotherapy chamber.
A New Wave Anthem Inspires a Wellness Center in Ukraine
Ukrainian firm Buro Odintsova decorates a women’s wellness center in a palette of pink and pistachio, evoking an updated ’80s vibe.
4 Active Design Approaches in Wellness-Centered Spaces for Work and Working Out
As this quartet of athletic and office facilities attests, modern health-oriented projects privilege connection to the great outdoors.
These Global Spas, Gyms, and Saunas Raise the Wellness Bar
Around the globe, a plethora of new spas, pools, gyms, and saunas raises the bar for everyday wellness.
This Design Duo’s Home/Office in New Delhi Exudes Warmth
The founders of DeMuro Das imbue their New Delhi home and office with a cross cultural aesthetic that reflects a traditional meets modern vibe.
Bold Hues Set the Stage for This Bakery by Day, Club by Night
Bold colors play within Pastry Club Woda, a modern-day concept in a historic building that offers visitors a pastry shop by day and club by night.
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These carefully considered urban dwellings prove great design happens at every scale. See this collection of city homes from New York to Dublin.