LEVEL 3 35' - 0"
JACK SLAB 20' - 6" LEVEL 2 20' - 0"
LEVEL 1.5 9' - 0"
LEVEL 1 0"
Equinox River Oaks Fitness Center Houston, Texas, USA
The first Houston location of this upscale,
First-floor spaces include a lobby reception
full-service fitness center brand creates a
area, retail store, juice bar and sales offices.
sanctuary of health and wellness in the city’s
A mezzanine level houses lounge spaces and
River Oaks residential community.
a glass box seating area partially suspended over the retail space. The second floor
The center is located at the heart of a high-end
features strength and cardio areas, a lounge,
retail complex. Its design draws inspiration
locker rooms and individual studios for yoga,
from the early development of the area’s
Pilates, barre and group fitness classes.
affluent neighborhoods and monuments. The centerpiece is a grand staircase Key design features reflect the understated
composed of blackened steel with a screen
elegance advocated by John Staub, a local
divider flanking both sides that runs the full
residential architect who designed many River
height of the center. From the first floor,
Oaks homes from the 1920s to the 1960s.
the screen provides partial privacy for the mezzanine space. On the second floor, it
The functional yet elegant design integrates
connects with a double-stacked wood “up-
conceptual elements that define the region,
and-over” feature to form a bridge between
including Houston’s abundant energy
the lounge and locker rooms. Resembling a
resources, commitment to the arts and
catwalk, the bridge creates a showcase for
Southern hospitality. Collectively, these
the fitness space and its occupants.
elements express a sense of history and local culture while supporting the Equinox brand.
◄ level 2 bridge lounge
2016 design annual
31,100 sq. ft. / 2,890 sq. m.