U Energy Boutique Health Club by Rabih Geha Architects

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
U Energy

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Boutique Health Club

INSPIRATION:
According to 'The Organism' by Goldstein, light travels through neurological pathways and affects the pineal gland in the brain, which affects our body, mind and emotions. The linear structures fitted with said neon lighting strips run parallel across the space, creating invisible dividers subtly highlighting personal zones but also encouraging a competitive culture amongst the gym-goers.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Chosen 'The best gyms around the world for design buffs in 2108' by Wallpaper *. U Energy was borne out of a need for respite from the hectic nature of daily life. Encouraging connection and interaction, the gym space is completely open, divided only by structural concrete pillars and the industrial-style equipment within it. The underground gym features skylights to allow beams of light from above, while neon lighting aids progression during workouts and creates a trendy atmosphere.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
An area for stretching is cut-off only by thick black cords, off-setting against the feature monochrome striped walls and adding to the geometric nature of the environment. There is a separate studio for spinning classes and an area for lockers and changing rooms. The remainder of the gym remains raw and industrial in style allowing members to focus only on enhancing their well-being without the busy distractions of Beirut. The result is an edgy and dynamic, motivational setting conducive for a healthy, energetic and comfortable workout.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
RG/Architects took on this project in May 2016 and delivered it in November 2017. U Energy is located in Hazmieh, Lebanon

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
U Energy's main materials are quite raw, reflecting the bold and honest architecture of the space. Flooring is Special Impact Rubber. Walls and columns are in Cast in place Concrete. Black steel for the cage, bar structure. Coffee and Juice Bar top is made of Carrara Marble. Cabinet and Locker panels are made of High Pressure Laminate and grooved with number graphics.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Location: Hazmieh, Lebanon Area: 1200 square meter

TAGS:
Fitness, Health Club, Rabih Geha, RG/Architects, Rabih Geha Architects, U Energy, Interior Design

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
A lot of Health club research was obviously done: about its beginnings, the evolution, and a very developed research was conducted about light/colors/energy. The latter was a key thread in the design development of the health club.

CHALLENGE:
It was quite challenging to create innovation in social experience. Socializing not only through an open plan, but creating a space that encourages team culture, we wanted to create an immersive experience achieved through playful interaction between gym goers and through communication of different areas within an open space. Even the enclosed area for classes has a clear visual communication with the rest of the space though transparent net like enclosures.

ADDED DATE:
2018-03-14 10:21:27

TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Rabih Geha (Principal), Cynthia Safi (Project Manager) and Maya Kaaki (Interior Architect)

IMAGE CREDITS:
All Images: Photographer Tony Elieh, U Energy, 2017

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
No Patents

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Rabih Geha Architects

PROFILE:
Rabih Geha Architects is a team of architects and designers working to create spaces that inspire. Led by Rabih Geha, the team works on a portfolio of projects that include architecture, interiors, product design and experimental installations. From residential and retail to commercial and recreational spaces, the studio’s founding philosophy begins with context. Each design, prompted by the environment it lives in, absorbs the surrounding physical, social and aesthetic elements to result in spaces that are never dictated by trend or style, but rather built with meaning, relevance and most importantly passion. Defying categorization, RG/Architects' vision is regularly intersected with the demands of their clients and the modern world. In each project, they aims to capture the mood, ambiance and blend the spirit of the space by merging design, architecture and the client’s need – this is the key thread that runs through their work. RG/A is a premised shaped by internal critique, creative dialogue and an exemplar level of architectural and design aesthetics. Geha holds a B.A. in architecture from The American University of Beirut (AUB) and a master’s degree in architecture from l'École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI). He launched an experiment-driven and research-oriented workshop at l'Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) in 2006, where he is currently mentoring Lebanon’s next generation of architects. Rabih Geha lives in Beirut with his wife designer Ghida Geha, and their two young children.

NOMINATION DETAILS

U Energy Boutique Health Club by Rabih Geha Architects is a Nominee in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

U Energy Boutique Health Club by Rabih Geha Architects is Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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