FU L CONTRACT:
FITNESS KITCHEN, BAR AND GYM GLASGOW
ALICE WILSON INTERIOR DESIGN GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART Y E A R 4
“The human body is the best work of art.” - Jess C. Scott
Exploring the Meaning Personal Issues Reflection Changing the Norm Development Research & Solutions
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A Concept Explained Aims Aesthetics Atmosphere Fitness Fuel Festivity A Journey
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Approach Site analysis
Interior design allows me to challenge the norm. Creating the best experience for other people, changing limitations into advantages, and developing the project to it’s full potential. To me a space is full of stories and feelings wether conscious or unconscious; it is
people, connections, aesthetic, flow, atmosphere, history, messages, function and their curation down to every last detail. about
Balancing practicality and embracing creativity, considering all the elements in every project, including this one.
Function Aesthetic Journey Experience History Materiality Atmosphere Flow Connections People
Having always had an appreciation of art and design, alongside competing internationally from the age of 15 in a sport I love, it got me thinking. Looking after your body, diet and exercise are all interconnected -
HOW MIGHT DESIGN DRAW THESE THINGS TOGETHER BETTER?
“The music is terrible”
“Too many people”
“Everyone parades about half naked.”
“Time “No restrictions” knowledge” “Anxiety of working out in front of others”
“Paranoia of people staring”
ISSUES WITH THE CONTEMPORARY GYM Having first hand experience from visiting and training in multiple gyms, I noticed a repition in design and funcionality relating to their interiors, majority being split into three open zones; cardio vascular area, a space for free weights and an open space for the strength and conditioning machines. Then also a separate closed off area specifically for warming up and stretching. Eric Chaline, the author of The Temple of Perfection: A History of the Gym, notes that a
problem for gyms nowadays is to appeal to a wider range of people than just the slim and the fit. I began questioning how may design help appeal to a wider audience. How does the arrangement of a space define its behaviour and approach? Intrigued by this concept I intend to create something that changes and challenges the norm.
‘It’s almost as if we need two types of gym; one for the physically fit diehards and one for those who are actually put off by the whole gym competitive ethos and the Lycra wearing athletes who populate it nowadays.’
‘Going to the gym is similar to going off to die — you want to do it alone. You don’t want an audience seeing you struggle’ ‘You don’t want the pressure of having to keep up with the Jones and you don’t want to feel worse about needing to get in shape than you already do. A lot of times you just feel inferior to the people who are already fit and have it all figured out’ 18
‘Those people who enjoy sweating it out in a circuit class or with a killer weights workout, it’s that ethos is actually off-putting to the increasingly inactive and obese 60 to 70 per cent of the remainder of the population.’
‘I think the main problem with the contemporary gym is that the wrong people are going to it. It’s those who already have a background in exercise and sport, who continue to train throughout their lives. That means that in the UK about 12 to 13 per cent of the population go to a gym, it’s slightly higher in the US, but those are pretty much the converted.’ 19
CHANGING THE NORM 20
Gyms can be intimidating. Especially the free weight section as it is usually full of huge muscular men lifting massively heavy weights and looking like they know exactly what they’re doing. (On a side note most of them are happy to help if you catch them at the end of their set) However, lots of people think they’re not strong/thin/toned enough yet to work out in public, or they just don’t like people watching them sweat, they don’t like exercise clothes, the gym is too expensive, they don’t know how to work the equipment. AIM: Changing both the opinions and approach to a gym and nutrition. Recognising the desperate need for exercise in today’s world and the pressures of a busy lifestyle. To create a funtional and practical space that combines nutrition, fitness and social aspects. A space thats curated and catered to meet the needs of both clients and staff. Focusing on the multiple clients journeys catering to the needs of each individual, including insecurities.
Thinking about everyday life and recognising the desperate need for exercise in todayâ€™s world and the pressures of a busy lifestyle, an ever-growing obesity epidemic plus the stress of work. When developing my concept I considered other things in relation to the gym and working out. Nutrition plays a huge role in staying fit and keeping healthy and will need to be considered for those who have no knowlege about it. Creating a new approach to fitness and nutrition; one that takes into consideration time limitations and all other gym relating issues.
Nutrition & working out go hand in hand, how may design better these things
Gym origin Issues with a gym.
Types of clients
An event in its own right, rather than a means to an end.
An aesthetically pleasing space. Less clinical feeling.
Endomorph, Ectomorph and mesomorph.
Materials and colour scheme that reflect on human anatomy.
Why people dislike the gym
A gym that considers the needs of all its clients
FUEL, FITNESS + FESTIVITY
Healthy food fuss free.
A place people want to be in.
Inspiration from other Gym’s, retaurants and bars. Quick 30/45 minute high intensity interval training
Order, train, eat system
Multiple secluded and open areas for people to train in.
Healthy social aspect. Brings people together over a healthy meal/drink. Play pool or ping pong.
Multiple membership deals and offers
Options of ready made playlists In house DJ’s
An App and Website which allows a client to order food for specific times, book a session, learn about nutrition, workouts for each muscle groups and find offers.
People not wanting to go to the gym, if so spend as little time as possible in there.
Terrible music on TV
Not considering your nutrition a viable part of staying healthy and keeping fit.
No knowledge of what to do, how to do it.
Too many people
Create a space that considers every clients needs
of working out in front of others
A space that
combines, fitness, nutrition and social aspects
Paranoia Too expensive
or too tired before or after your workout to create a healthy balanced meal.
of people staring
How elements of a gym may influence design aspects
No swimming pool in the centre of Glasgow
Elements of human
from muscular men in the free weights section
to inspire the design.
FU L RESTAURANT, BAR & GYM GLASGOW
The human form and perfection how it’s depicted in art/how its changed over the years.
the way each individual will use the space
Repurposed locations. Fitness
Psychosocial spaces. How a space can make you feel.
Fuel, is a new fitness concept, tailored to meet the needs of the busy Glaswegian. An up and coming luxury boutique brand of gym that combines highly intense fitness sessions with live music, themed nights, bespoke playlists, bar and restaurant all under one roof. Consisting of open and secluded
and a fitness kitchen and bar that serves healthy pre and post workout food, shakes and smoothies. Fuel will be a new fitness hangout space that aims to become more than just a place for yuppies to train before, during or after work.
CREATING AN EVENT IN ITS OWN RIGHT RATHER THAN AÂ MEANS TO AN END
A funtional and practical space that combines nutrition, fitness and social aspects. Curated and catered to meet the needs of both clients and staff. With an aim to keep you fit, get you toned, as well as promoting the health benefits of regular exercise and nutrition, such as the strengthening of your immune system, keeping you free of toxins and releasing endorphins that make you happier. To create three different spaces that can co-exist together but also be separate events.
AESTHETIC I want to create a space that contains splashes of contemporaneity with harmonious disorder that breaks with the usual eclecticism. Containing inspirations from the human body, the gymâ€™s origins in greece and also from the building itself. The aesthetic of the gym will keep in mind the issues relating to gyms today, by including both open and secluded areas in which those intimidated can train in. Catering to the needs of each individual using the space, including those with insecurities.
ATMOSPHERE Since moving to glasgow 3 years ago I’ve noticed the majority of locals are very friendly, vibrant, funny and outspoken individuals who love good food and a night out. I wish to fuse the pulse of a standard gym with the soul of the local Glaswegian culture. Even though the main concept is for the ‘No-Membership’ policy, I want clients to stay for the service as well as the design. Having staff try their upmost best to get participants the results they want. They know that, they see that, and so they come back regard less of the no tie-in system. Like a big family of like minded people.
TH GYM Clients can opt to ‘pay as you train’ or pay monthly. Forming of high intensity studio fitness classes that clients will be able to choose and book online or on site. Each lasting for around 30/45 minutes. The sessions will be made up of intensive group experiences that will be designed to condition and tone selected muscle groups. They will be 30 to 45 minutes of physical and mental intensity. Exertion that you never thought possible. Pushing clients to their full potential over a short period of time. This way clients can pay per session, with no annual fee and with thus offering as much impact per pound as it can, meaning it’ll take less time to get the body clients want. Opting for the HIIT, High Intensity Interval Training sessions, will benefit those who are short of time. They allow time for a complete workout, a shower and even time to head to Fuel Kitchen for a healthy meal, perfect for employees on a lunch break. Paying monthly will give clients full use of the gym and will include a set amount of the high intensity sessions. If they wish, clients can purchase add on HIIT sessions.
FU L KITCH N RESTAURANT If you eat well, feel well, you will train well. It goes hand in hand. The concept of Fuel draws these things together by having the healthy eating alongside the gym. By eating clean wholesome foods and staying active you will be on your way to healthy living. Combining target nutrition with training, you will reach any fitness goal a whole lot faster. Or if you are not into fitness, you can still enjoy healthy great tasting, food and drinks. That will be great for a lunch when out and about or wanting to escape from the office for a quick tasty
bite to eat. Aiming to make healthy food fuss free, the well balanced meal menu will explain the nutritional values of each meal and can be enjoyed at breakfast, lunch and dinner. For those who are a little more fussy or just want to create their own prep meal. There will be a section specifically for those who wish to do so. Clients will be able to choose their protein, carb, veg and sauce to be made especially for them. If time restricted the public have the option to order online, on the app or before their workout to be ready made for a specific time to be enjoyed.
FU L BAR Fancy chilling out after work with a friend or refueling after your workout? Fuel bar will be the place for you. Serving up healthy smoothies and shakes. A space that brings together people; a place to meet your friends, whether it be for a training session, a healthy meal or a drink. ...complimentary juice! Thereâ€™s nothing better than coming out of a gruelling exercise class to a refreshing drink. Fuel will present all their participants of the HIIT sessions with a list of delicious smoothies or shakes to choose from, and will make sure itâ€™s ready and chilling in the bar for when clients come out of the class and are in desperate need of a cold beverage at no extra cost.
Fuel will attract multiple people, each using the space for different reason and for different length of times. All customers and staff members will have their own journey and experience within the space. It will be important to consider both the journey and experiences of every customer, therefore, Fuel will need to be cleverly designed to suit the needs of each idividual, whether it be for the gruelling work out or a nice healthy drink with their friends or family.
IN THE BAR
PRE WORKOUT JUICE
POST WORKOUT JUICE
FREE WEIGHTS CARDIO
HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING
SWIM SHOWER/ CHANGING FACILITIES
30 MINUTE SESSION
45 MINUTE SESSION
BOOK WORKOUT SESSION
HEALTHY FOOD FUSS FREE
CREATE YOUR OWN PREP
RESTAURANT, BAR AND GYM GLASGOW
FU L ENTRANCE
GRAB AND GO
HOME UNIVERSITY/ COLLEGE
HOW TO GUIDE COMBINING FUEL, FITNESS + FESTIVITY
FOR THERE AND THEN
ON L IN E
FOR A SPECIFIC TIME
NT RA AU ST RE
PICK UP PRE ORDERED FOOD
ESTAURANT IN THE R
IN TH E
STANDARD GYM USE
FIXED RESISTANT MACHINES
APPROACH When deciding on a site, it was clear that a very large space would be appropriate for containing my concept. Through the research it was obvious to me that I needed a space that was easily accesible for both customers and staff. Although my concept would work well in multiple spaces such as train stations or even large airports. I preferably wanted a greek inspired building with a temple-like fronted facade to have a play on effect with the quote â€˜Your body is a templeâ€™. Just to make things interesting and to also challenge myself as a designer that is interested in repurposed locations, I specifically chose a space that would not usually contain a place of exercise, to see if the concept would work in an unusual environment.
....NEXT STEPS • ONLINE PRESENCE & APP - How will it look, What can you do on them?
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MENU EXAMPLE CUSTOMER PROFILES FLOOR PLAN ZONES CONSIDERATIONS - What do I need in each space? - BAR - RESTAURANT - KITCHEN - GYM • CUSTOMER JOURNEY - How will its floor plan consider each customers journey?
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT • • • • •
FLOOR PLAN SPECIFICATION OF FURNITURE, COLOURS AND MATERIALS. ELEVATIONS REFLECTED CEILING PLAN VISUALS ...ETC.