The Fighters Club Hong Kong III (FCHK III) locates at the edge of Causeway Bay, the central commercial area in Hong Kong thrilled with fashionable youth, expatriates, sports clubs and bars. FCHK III was the latest addition to the series of FCHK - a luxury one-to-one tailored fitness club focusing on healthy lifestyle and mentality with a touch of zest. The design focuses on the spaBal experience and sequence with a careful choice of materials that would balance practicality with elegance, and luxury with budget.
With approx. 200 sq.m on the 18th floor of a building with 3-sided curtain wall, the rectangular space is accessed from the middle which poses a challenge to the circulation of how the changing room can be accessed with privacy in a small area during check in. The design solution turns the challenge into a unique experience by creating a semi-circular entry zone that, on one side, minimises the circulation space (fast traffic zone) towards the training ground and on the other, opens up the space for reception and sitting (slow traffic zone). The entry zone is visually closed off by a feature wall. While the entry zone offers a sense of peace and cleanses the soul arriving from the hustle city, visitors can subtly hear the beat and sounds from the training area resonated from the carefully designed curve walls cladded with white Corian. While the entry zone is cladded with white marble from Italy, other white wall is finished with Corian with similar pattern for ease of maintenance. The feature wall is finished with black Corian with subtle pattern as a reminiscence of black marble. The idea is to present the respect and self-confidence, so much as how design can transform spaces and materials. While the seating area across the reception provides a posh yet homely feeling, the bar behind the feature wall offers a panorama towards the city with exclusiveness. The seating area aims to convey comfort and a feeling of ‘being home again’, in contrast to the vigorous training area.
The curve wall leading to the training ground is cladding with white Corian - white as a successful beginning of the journey towards health and confidence. Upon arrival, the feature light, as a reminiscence of FCHK’s logo, on top of the ring stands out to recall the philosophy of FCHK - the triple quadrangle rings that carry health, confidence and respect gaining from the boxing ring and training. While the ring stands in the middle as a feature, the cornered boxing and training area offers privacy for focus by avoiding direct visual interaction with others during training. Instead of fully opening-up all the views towards the city for focus and attention, a window is framed as a feature offering the look-out towards to the city for mediation and reflection during breaks. While lighting features are carefully designed through the whole space to uplift the experience, attention to details are manifested in the framing of all edges with copper-coloured stainless steel to deliver a sense of elegance.
While the fast zone leading to the training ground is finished with white Corian, the slow zone towards the changing rooms is finished with black Corian, as a contrast to deliver a sense of exclusiveness and privacy. The changing rooms are carefully designed to avoid visual interaction and the back-of-house area is hidden with concealed door. The clean-up area is designed as stand-alone station - with full set of tailored-made cabinet made of stainless steel for hairdryer, trays and mirror. The philosophy of FCHK being an upscale one-to-one tailored fitness club with professionalism and attention is manifested through the craftsmanship with precision and management with vigilance that makes the stand-alone station happen.
The design of FCHK III offers luxurious and upscale experience to visitors with privacy and exclusiveness during their workout, so much as a couture house to clientele, an oasis for cleansing the body and mind from the hustle and bustle.
Chan Ching Kan | Male | HKSAR
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