Studio RHE

Studio RHE

London, GB


Grace Belgravia

By Studio RHE
May 15, '13 11:54 AM EST
Grace Belgravia
Grace Belgravia

Breaking new ground with London's first ever women's only private members'
club is Studio RHE’s Grace Belgravia. Newly opened, the exclusive club is for
health-conscious women who want the very best in therapeutic and medical
treatments. Members can treat themselves to workout sessions with celebrity
personal trainer, Matt Roberts, and be treated by the Queen’s doctor, Dr Tim

The 11,500 sq. ft. site accommodates various facilities, including a gym;
restaurant and bar; library; nine treatment rooms; a wet heat experience; herbal
sauna and tepidarium – a warm bathroom heated by an underfloor heating

Situated on the first and mezzanine floors within a beautiful grade-two listed
Georgian building in Belgravia, the interior of the club captivates a harmonious
combination of classical and contemporary design. The new design is internal
and sensitive to its surrounding. Respectful of original features, Studio RHE
limited demolition to the reopening of existing apertures resulting in minimal
structural change. 

Originally open in plan, all spaces are new. The flooring at mezzanine level was
extended to provide treatment rooms at upper level and to maximise natural
light entering at this height. A one-storey office is inserted into the two-storey
south side double height space.  Designed with space on all sides, the office
gives the effect of a sculptural object, ‘floating’ within the space rather than
filling the volume. 

Silver birch branches line the wall of the dry flotation room, creating an unusual
thermal experience and an ideal setting to unwind and recuperate. Located
between the wet area and dry flotation room, a stunning atrium space can be
used by members to host private parties. Double-vaulted ceilings in the hamam
are reminiscent of original dome ceiling designs in Turkish baths.

Throughout, Grace is furnished with bespoke designs and elegant materials. Tin
ceilings and stainless steel glass doors with beveled glass compliment the
classical features with a modern touch. Leather door handles with stitching on
the inside add to the sense of luxury as the stitching can be felt but not seen.
Reclaimed Versailles tiling is used to reclad the floor in the hallway. Other
luxury materials include marble, hand-painted wallpaper with silver leaf and
wood paneling.

The works are designed to touch the existing fabric very lightly. The club makes
good use of the building and reveals very enjoyable spaces to an increased
audience and makes an interesting addition to the immediate neighbourhood. 
You can find the club at: 11A West Halkin Street, London W1. Enquiries at Full membership: £5,500 per year; overseas
membership: £3,500 per year.