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Fancy some low-cost renovation? Go for graphics!

Former car service turns into boxing-inspired gym: a feast of colours, new materials and underground feel

Former car service turned into fitness centre boasting a raw industrial feel in Linda-a-Velha, Portugal

A former car service now re-lives as fitness gym: discover the low-cost renovation project of a gym-club in Linda-a-Velha, Portugal, delivered by local studio Amatam.

In order to conceive Crossbox, architects had to understand the space qualities and make the most out of them both volume and graphic-wise. A graphic image was developed for the brand’s visual identity with the aim of emphasizing the underground spirit of the location that innately radiates a boxing inspiration. The club promotes a wide array of athletic activities, ranging from swimming and tennis classes to boxing training for both adults and kids, who are increasingly charmed by such recently reconsidered sport discipline.

As for the restyling specifics, the existing dressing rooms were totally refurbished, and new cabinets were installed in the back end of the Crossbox space. Designers João Amaral and Manuela Tamborino’s renovation strategy was actually quite simple: to benefit from pre-existing architectural elements – like the ramp, staircase, double high ceiling, walls and flooring – and reshape them through the use of color and innovative applied materials especially meant to fit the individual training needs. 

Oriented strand boards were employed to clad the walls and delineate the training area, while giving the space a stronger industrial twist and adding a layer of time-resistance to the walls. The chromatic game of contrasts between black and red is useful to identify the main areas in the training routine and visually play with spatial volumes: indeed, on one side the black covering of the ceiling and walls helps minimize the perception of the space scale, giving it a more human impression; on the other side, the red touches intentionally serve as an element of disruption to reveal the site’s real architectural dimension.

www.estudioamatam.com

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