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There’s a certain monotony to swimming pool design, with these areas often uninspiring and unimaginative – not to mention all but identical from club to club. But this needn’t be the case. We showcase some eye-catching pools from health clubs and fitness facilities around the world


South Kensington Club

London, UK

Originally a social club founded by Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood for London’s high society, this club was recently redesigned by the HKS Hospitality Group as a family-friendly centre focused around health and wellness.

The interiors of the main club are designed to evoke a narrative of exploration and travel. Dark lava stone tiles form the floor of a swimming pool, which is filled with seawater transported from the shores of Sicily.

There’s also a spa and wellness facilities, including Russian banyas, a Turkish hamman, a Watsu aquatic therapy pool and a 25,000sq ft health club.

 



South Kensington Club
 


The South Kensington Club pool features dark lava stone tiles and seawater imported from Sicily
 
Equinox

Westlake Village, California, US

“For a long time, health clubs have been functional only. I approach things from a different angle,” says Aaron Richter, VP of health club design for Equinox.

“I don’t try to compete with other health clubs from a design point of view. Instead I try and compete with the wider leisure industry – with restaurants, hotels and retail – and also with the homes people live in. I think we need to be on a par with those types of facilities to succeed and build our brand and reputation.”

 



Equinox
Bulgari Hotel

London, UK

At the heart of the Bulgari Spa experience is a beautiful private pool complex: a 25-metre colonnaded swimming pool with loungers and cabanas, clad in the textured Vicenza stone that’s long been the signature of great Italian architecture.
 



25-metre colonnaded swimming pool
Aspria Uhlenhorst

Hamburg, Germany

Aspria Uhlenhorst was the result of a €25m redevelopment of the 100-year-old Klipper club in Hamburg, Germany. The offering today encompasses hotel, gym, pool and spa, and in spite of its impressive size feels almost ‘aspirational home’ in design.

There’s a huge spa area that spills out into the gardens, including a spa pool that begins indoors, with a swim-through to an outdoor, infinity-edged section.

Five different styles and temperatures of sauna are on offer, plus a steamroom. Facilities also include experience showers, footbaths, ice fountain and a number of different relaxation areas.

 



Aspria Uhlenhorst’s spa area spills out into the gardens, with a swim-through indoor/outdoor pool
 


The spa includes a number of relaxation areas
 
 


The spa includes a number of relaxation areas
 
 


The spa includes a number of relaxation areas
 
Piscine du Fort

Paris, France

The philosophy of feng shui has provided the inspiration for a pool, sports and wellbeing centre designed by French architecture practice Mikou Studio in collaboration with Feng Shui specialist Laurence Dujardin.

Located in the suburbs of Paris, design features are carefully positioned to create a sense of calm and relaxation.

 



Philosophy of feng shui has provided the inspiration for a pool
The Third Space

London Bridge, London, UK

This club in Tower Bridge once operating under the 37degrees brand, but since rebranded as The Third Space following its acquisition by Encore – was relaunched earlier this year following a £3.5m refurb. But one element that’s retained its place in the club is its pool area – a dramatic black pool, surrounded by polished concrete and glowing green glass, which is “a world away from tiles and chlorine”.
 



ramatic black pool, surrounded by polished concrete
 


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Health Club Management
2016 issue 10

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Leisure Management - Water features

Swimming pools

Water features


There’s a certain monotony to swimming pool design, with these areas often uninspiring and unimaginative – not to mention all but identical from club to club. But this needn’t be the case. We showcase some eye-catching pools from health clubs and fitness facilities around the world

South Kensington Club

London, UK

Originally a social club founded by Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood for London’s high society, this club was recently redesigned by the HKS Hospitality Group as a family-friendly centre focused around health and wellness.

The interiors of the main club are designed to evoke a narrative of exploration and travel. Dark lava stone tiles form the floor of a swimming pool, which is filled with seawater transported from the shores of Sicily.

There’s also a spa and wellness facilities, including Russian banyas, a Turkish hamman, a Watsu aquatic therapy pool and a 25,000sq ft health club.

 



South Kensington Club
 


The South Kensington Club pool features dark lava stone tiles and seawater imported from Sicily
 
Equinox

Westlake Village, California, US

“For a long time, health clubs have been functional only. I approach things from a different angle,” says Aaron Richter, VP of health club design for Equinox.

“I don’t try to compete with other health clubs from a design point of view. Instead I try and compete with the wider leisure industry – with restaurants, hotels and retail – and also with the homes people live in. I think we need to be on a par with those types of facilities to succeed and build our brand and reputation.”

 



Equinox
Bulgari Hotel

London, UK

At the heart of the Bulgari Spa experience is a beautiful private pool complex: a 25-metre colonnaded swimming pool with loungers and cabanas, clad in the textured Vicenza stone that’s long been the signature of great Italian architecture.
 



25-metre colonnaded swimming pool
Aspria Uhlenhorst

Hamburg, Germany

Aspria Uhlenhorst was the result of a €25m redevelopment of the 100-year-old Klipper club in Hamburg, Germany. The offering today encompasses hotel, gym, pool and spa, and in spite of its impressive size feels almost ‘aspirational home’ in design.

There’s a huge spa area that spills out into the gardens, including a spa pool that begins indoors, with a swim-through to an outdoor, infinity-edged section.

Five different styles and temperatures of sauna are on offer, plus a steamroom. Facilities also include experience showers, footbaths, ice fountain and a number of different relaxation areas.

 



Aspria Uhlenhorst’s spa area spills out into the gardens, with a swim-through indoor/outdoor pool
 


The spa includes a number of relaxation areas
 
 


The spa includes a number of relaxation areas
 
 


The spa includes a number of relaxation areas
 
Piscine du Fort

Paris, France

The philosophy of feng shui has provided the inspiration for a pool, sports and wellbeing centre designed by French architecture practice Mikou Studio in collaboration with Feng Shui specialist Laurence Dujardin.

Located in the suburbs of Paris, design features are carefully positioned to create a sense of calm and relaxation.

 



Philosophy of feng shui has provided the inspiration for a pool
The Third Space

London Bridge, London, UK

This club in Tower Bridge once operating under the 37degrees brand, but since rebranded as The Third Space following its acquisition by Encore – was relaunched earlier this year following a £3.5m refurb. But one element that’s retained its place in the club is its pool area – a dramatic black pool, surrounded by polished concrete and glowing green glass, which is “a world away from tiles and chlorine”.
 



ramatic black pool, surrounded by polished concrete

Originally published in Health Club Management 2016 issue 10

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