DesBrisay & Smith Architects

DesBrisay & Smith Architects

New York, NY | San Francisco, CA


Definitions Personal Training Gym

2011 - 12

We have designed over 10,000sf of space for this leading group fitness brand. The Madison Avenue location was the first to be built, requiring a gut renovation. The framework for the project was to integrate ‘functional training’ into the gym – a new trend that eliminates bulky workout machinery in favor of flexible design. Our solution was to create an infrastructure that uses lighting, mirrors, custom metal designs, and milled panel fabrication to connect training with the space. Custom-fabricated metal monkey bars are a sculptural addition to a hallway; their complex shape challenges the athlete to negotiate multiple pathways. A milled screen wall and ceiling veil people coming into the gym, while integrated neon lighting creates an alternate light source. The architecture itself becomes a workout device.

Project team: Chad Smith, Biayna Bogosian, Mike Jacobs, Forrest Jessee, Leopold Lambert
Photo credit: David Joseph

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Status: Built
Location: New York, NY, US