UK: Celebrity fitness trainer, Mark Anthony, hired Nora Voon and Daria Piasecka, of UK-based Noda Designs, to create a flagship health studio in Notting Hill, London.
Spread across three levels of a stripped down converted pub, Voon said she thought of Scandinavian themed designs when she saw the amount of natural light that filled the empty space.
“Scandinavian style influenced by long days of winter, short summers and lack of sunlight tends to be distinguished by natural warm tones, lots of light and functionality,” she said. “In addition, Scandinavian interiors use a lot of natural materials and finishes.”
The design firm took out all the false ceilings and used only privacy film and dark green roller blinds. The staircases were opened out to allow natural light and Polar White oak flooring was used in the reception area to give it a warm feel against the TechnoGym equipment.
“Since the fitness club has large floor to ceiling windows and lots of natural light, we knew that whites would work very well. Therefore, the colour palette in our schemes included light and neutral tones, with the occasional splash of punchy greens,” said Voon.
“Even the artwork we commissioned portrayed movement of light. As for the artificial lighting, we used different types of sources from large pendants, trim-less double spot lights, directional lights to LED strips.”
Voon said the brief was challenging because the budget was tight and it had to be completed within three months. “It took another three months to wait for permits and funding meaning the overall design layouts for the changing rooms had changed.
“One of the remaining features of the building was an original glass encased column reminiscent of the old Leinster pub that it used to be. Everything was gutted to the bare ground except for these exposed columns to give the gym that extra edge,” she added.