Last year, architecture firm Microclimat completed a rigorously modern fitness center in the city of Waterloo, Ontario. The asymmetrically gabled structure rises from the wintery landscape, sporting a palette of steel, cherry wood, and red cedar.
Microclimat split the interior into two levels, leaving space open to accommodate many kinds of regimens and athletes, from gymnasts to body-builders. A mezzanine with fitness machines is lofted above a weight-lifting area.
Here, the high ceiling, a style borrowed from industrial lofts, serves a utilitarian purpose. Gymnast rings hung overhead allow athletes to suspend themselves 25 feet in the air.
Open spaces and familiar materials foster a welcoming environment, underscoring La Taule's commitment to servicing athletes of all skill levels.