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“LUXE Fitness” Bristol

April 4, 2024

By Design Storey Architects

Located in the iconic Beacon in the heart of the Bristol city centre, this second site for LUXE fitness was designed to create “A gym like no other”, with a club vibe to appeal to the youthful demographic of this area of Bristol.

LUXE Fitness aims to provide a luxury fitness experience from unique venues and spaces, while offering a welcoming, female friendly space with a social atmosphere. Design Storey worked closely with the LUXE team to translate their ambitions into a “gym like no other” at their latest site located in the podium of the landmark Beacon Tower in the centre of Bristol.

The design concept was to create theatrical spaces and moments of drama to provide an ‘instagrammable’ spaces for exercising. Dynamic lighting and careful use of materials animate the space. A feature stair, made from back-lit poly carbonate draws members down to the free weights zone on the lower ground floor. A bespoke chandelier, shaped like a helter-skelter, descends through the void of the mezzanine stair, providing a dramatic backdrop to the space.

The gym was voted ‘Best Newcomer in the UK Fitness Awards’.

Client view

We wanted something that was more edgy, something quite different but dramatic. I think they finally put their finger on it when they said “if you go to a theatre, the way the set designers work is an art”. That was it, we wanted to create that sense of drama a little bit in the gym.

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