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Designers Bring Depth and Drama to Minimalist Gym

A stark color scheme is paired with mirrored glass that visually extends the interior



Photography: INSPACE, Kunming, China

DESIGN FIRM CUN FF (China) was recently charged with designing the 10th location for Hercules Fitness, a fitness brand that made its debut in 2021. The resulting 86,111-square-foot space in Kunming features a contemporary interior with sharp edges, a dramatic color scheme and a sleek vibe.

Boasting a multi-functional training room, a Pilates classroom, a countercurrent swimming pool, a free strength area, upscale locker rooms with personal wardrobes, and even a self-service laundry area, the retailer’s overall design strives to support its mantra of “Sports, Life and Warmth.”

In addition to funky geometric ceilings and light fixtures, mirrored glass is a staple, which was intentionally used to blur boundaries and visually extend the interior. Feng Fei, Chief Designer of the project, believes that a gym is different from a typical commercial space and doesn’t require much decoration. Thus, Feng’s team opted for minimalistic lines, a black, white and gray palette, and clear functional divisions.

📷: INSPACE, Kunming, China

Makaela Mertic is VMSD's spring 2023 Editorial Intern. She is currently a student studying journalism at the University of Cincinnati. In addition to holding the position of Treasurer for the University of Cincinnati Association of Black Journalists (UCABJ), Makaela is also an active member of Cru Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati Mountaineering Club.



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