The lighting design for the sports club was provided by Hoare Lea. The club is located on the ground and basement floors of the Walbrook building in London. On an area of 2,300 square meters, there are waiting rooms, a large gymnasium, studios, luxury dressing rooms with access to a spa center with sauna, steam and salt rooms.
Hoare Lea Lighting worked with architects Atelierdb to create an LED backlit design that reflects the modern luxury of the Virgin Active Collection.
The front desk has leather front panels with an integrated light line designed by Optelma Firo that emphasizes the texture of the material.
XAL’s slim Tula Micro cylindrical pendants above the table provide illumination of the work surface, adding interest and breaking up the space. Floodlights (Azeta ACDC) illuminate the walls, emphasizing the pattern and highlighting the signs at the table. The staircase from the reception to the lower floor has recessed lighting that creates a theater feel.
2. Fitting rooms and spa
The changing rooms and spas are less lit than other areas of the Club. This light is made using 3000K indirect and covert light sources to create a warm, relaxing, luxurious ambience that contrasts with the fresh, more dynamic 4000K lighting in the main gym.
Integrated lighting elements are installed inside the spacious dressing rooms. They include a linear profile – Ikon from Optelma.
A series of linear LED profiles are installed in the main open-plan cardio and strength training room to create lines of light.
The lines of light in the scale area emphasize the main area of cardio, creating a light, airy and inspiring space. The path through the gym to the scale is illuminated by a continuous 40-meter built-in line of light (Quad 55 from Optelma) that swings 90 degrees to travel up the studio steps and into a corridor framed by additional profiles.
4. Living room and cafe
The comfortable living room / café is also lit by a warmer 3000K color temperature. The relaxing feeling of hospitality is enhanced by the built-in lighting elements. Small, low-light points of light (Arena by ACDC) accentuate the picture on the wall, and a line of pendant lights provide backlighting above the tables.
Virgin Brand Brand Director comments:
“The solution we developed with Hoare Lea Lighting helped us create a luxurious space that is a true oasis of exercise and wellness.”
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