The trend for high-end boutique gyms first developed in the US before being adopted in the UK where numerous new gyms, all with unique interior designs, have opened up in and around London.
Carefully designed, on-trend interiors which reflect each gym’s individual personality, ethos or brand image is vital in the boutique gym market and the shower and changing areas are central to this. While some boutique gyms have expanded and opened up several branches, more often than not, each will has its own individual interior theme, rather than the same tried and tested design being rolled out each time.
Adding a splash of colour
Colour is an ideal way for gyms to make their mark and create their own sense of style and identity.
The Washroom team recently installed new glass shower and toilet cubicles which were designed to mirror the gym’s high energy vibe with a bright, bold colour scheme. The toughened glass cubicle doors were back-painted in a range of bright oranges, reds and yellows to energise gym-users. While Washroom manufactured its full height toughened glass shower cubicles in a striking blue to complement another new London gym’s corporate branding colour scheme.
"Another effective way to inject a splash of colour and personality into a washroom or changing room design is through the use of screen printing on cubicles, vanities and lockers"
Another effective way to inject a splash of colour and personality into a washroom or changing room design is through the use of screen printing on cubicles, vanities and lockers. Screen printing allows for a unique, fun style to be created which can be tailored to fit with existing themed areas and complement the rest of the building, but can also be refreshed with new designs over time to create a new look quickly and easily.
On-trend design finishes and luxury materials
Elements such as exposed pipework, concrete vanities, monochrome colour schemes, stainless steel accessories and metro tiles with contrasting grouting can be used to create an on-trend industrial-inspired design.
A recent boutique gym project which encapsulates this style saw Washroom design glass shower cubicles featuring a bespoke saloon-style door opening, created specifically and solely for the project.
The changing room area at the Third Space gym at Tower Bridge was designed by award-winning designers Sparcstudio to feel more like a boutique hotel than a gym.
Unusual materials including copper, Ted Todd end grain feature wood panels and Zodiaq stone were all utilised to create the one-off changing room design. Washroom’s glass shower cubicles were also manufactured with a bespoke diamond pattern design, making the shower cubicles unique to Third Space alone.