Rabih Geha Architects designs a chromotherapy-inspired fitness concept in Beirut

Rabih Geha Architects has designed the interior for the U Energy boutique health club in Lebanon. Located at Backyard Hazmieh – a vibrant neighbourhood housing restaurants, coffee shops and pubs – U Energy was designed to rejuvenate senses and relax the mind.

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The underscoring theme at U Energy is team culture and the architecture firm worked closely with the health club’s team to ensure that the mission of the brand was echoed throughout the space.

Encouraging connection and interaction, the 1,200 m2 gym has an open plan, divided only by structural concrete pillars and the industrial-style equipment within it. The underground gym features skylights to allow natural light from above, while neon lighting creates a trendy atmosphere and also bring into play chromotherapy.

Green has a healing effect and boosts satisfaction, which can, supposedly, make workouts more enjoyable. Red can have an invigorating effect and add zest to keep-fit sessions. while tranquil shades of blue produce a calming reaction.

The linear structures fitted with neon lighting strips run parallel across the space, creating invisible dividers subtly highlighting personal zones but also encouraging a competitive culture amongst the gym-goers. An area for stretching is cut-off only by thick black cords, off-setting against the feature monochrome striped walls and adding to the geometric nature of the environment.

There is a separate studio for spinning classes and an area for lockers and changing rooms. The remainder of the gym remains raw and industrial in style allowing members to focus only on enhancing their well-being without the busy distractions of the surrounding area.

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