The designers wanted to provide an environment that is different from a typical gym, where darker colours and heavier finishes like metal are common. They wanted to veer away from a gym that depicted too much of a masculine or testosterone-driven atmosphere, keeping to the brief of creating a welcoming and versatile environment for children and families alike. Priority was given to ensure that as much mat space was incorporated as possible in the planning, an emphasis that retains the formal efficiency for an effective training space, as well as an underlying homage to the principles of martial arts.
The design of the space ensured that the existing structural beams of the building were revealed, not only to take advantage of the high ceiling heights, but also not to mask the novelty that the space is in a historical building typology—a large shophouse.
Aesthetically, a palette that exudes a light and airy ambiance was chosen to further accentuate the large quality in the existing space. Solid timber planks were used as opposed to laminates—which are often used in gyms today—to ensure a long-lasting build quality for an environment that has high traffic.
Project Name: Fitness and Martial Arts (FaMA) Gym
Location: 3A River Valley Road, Unit #02-03, Clarke Quay, Singapore
Completion Date: April 2016
Project Site Area: 400 square metres
Gross Floor Area: 400 square metres
Building Height: 2 floors
Number of Rooms/Units: 6
Interior Design Firm: Brewin Design Office
Principal Designer: Robert Cheng
Interior Fit-Out Contractor: Timworx Pte Ltd