Survival of the Fittest
Bare-bones gyms don't stand a chance against these fabulous fitness facilities
Mark McMenamin -- Interior Design, 1/1/2010 12:00:00 AM
project Charym, Litchfield, Connecticut.
standout The tranquil clapboard exterior of a 19th-century lumber warehouse conceals a vibrant entry with multicolored cotton canvas curtains and a striped painted ceiling straight out of Bhutan.
photography Antony Crook.
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
project Centro Deportivo de Montecarmelo, Madrid.
standout Of the three swimming pools at this public fitness center, one indoors is overlooked by swoopy steel chaise lounges, while the outdoor one looks up at the building's cantilevered concrete structure.
photography Roland Halbe.
project David Barton Gym, Seattle.
standout The reception lounge's 1970's driftwood benches and Elizabethan-style daybed contribute to a residential eclecticism—tempered by a memento mori for the body beautiful: a vintage paper skeleton.
photography Eric Laignel.
Simone Micheli Architectural Hero
project Atomic Spa Suisse, Milan.
standout Huge bubbles of chromium-plated plastic emerge sporadically in the entry, then multiply as they meet their literal match above the swimming pool.
photography Jürgen Eheim.