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The length of the foot is one sixth of the height of the body; of the forearm, one fourth; and the breadth of the breast is also one fourth. The other members, too, have their own symmetrical proportions, and it was by employing them that the famous painters and sculptors of antiquity attained to great and endless renown. Similarly, in the members of a temple there ought to be the greatest harmony in the symmetrical relations of the different parts to the general magnitude of the whole. ~Excerpt from Vitruvius’ “De architectura” (3.1.2-3)


THIRD RAIL FITNESS POWERING YOUR WORKOUT We have become a society accustomed to having things on-the-go. Nowhere is that more obvious than in New York City. Whether reading the New York Post or the New York Times on the train, listening to music on an iPod while running in Central Park, or getting a coffee and a bagel during the walk to work, everything is on-the-go. This project explores the potential of “on-the-go” architecture by inhabiting moments and spaces of motion and mobility with architectural programs which have traditionally been considered static. The hottest gym in the Lower East Side is now underground. Not only providing a first-class fitness experience, Third Rail Fitness is also a forum for performance: the human body is put on stage adjacent to, and within the subway—a space historically used for display and performance. For years, musicians have performed in stations, and wandered from car to car playing music or singing. Break dancers and pole dancers entertain passengers, and improvisational comedy groups take to the subway to amuse and engage riders. Third Rail Fitness juxtaposes the high energy of the subway with the high energy of an intense gym. Is that person running to catch the train, or training for a marathon? It could be both! New Yorkers, it’s time to flex your muscles, sweat a little, and show off that body.

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Stills from animated GIF “teasers” explaining the concept of juxtaposition within the project. A man curls on the subway platform while waiting for the train (left). A man runs to catch the train as the doors close, and that same man at the gym running on a treadmill (right).

Teaser postcard developed as an advertisement for the gym. A man waiting to go to work in his suit stands on the other side of a wall shared by the platform and the gym’s saunas. 10


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A-A B-B Street Level Floor Plan.

C-C D-D

Gym Level (-1) Floor Plan. 12


Section through Diving Well. (A-A)

Section through Pools. (B-B)

Section through Weight Room. (C-C)

Section through Cardio Room. (D-D)

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View looking out over the boxing ring and into the passageway to the F, M, J, and Z, trains at the Delancey Street – Essex Street station.

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Rendering of the interior of the diving well and view out onto the public plaza. 15


The fitness car drew inspiration from the free public fitness equipment along Copacabana Beach, in Rio de Janeiro, the site of my studio’s semester trip. 16


The fitness car allows the gym to permeate throughout the subway. Riders have the opportunity to workout during their commute without ever leaving the train. The reach of the gym expands from a single neighborhood to Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

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Third Rail Fitness advertisements cementingthe gyms presence in the subway and trains.

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