STRETCH PILATES YOGA STUDIO 

SLADE ARCHITECTURE + MASS STUDIES

LOCATION / NEW YORK, NY

COMPLETED / 2001

SIZE / 5,000 SF INTERIOR RENOVATION

PHOTOGRAPHER / JORDI MIRALLES

This space is located in the Starrett Lehigh Building, a high profile, landmarked building on the West side of Manhattan. Converting the existing industrial space into a modern physical culture facility posed a variety of challenges throughout the design and construction process.

Taking full advantage of the exceptional views of Manhattan and the Hudson River, the exercise areas are designed to extend the panoramam in a layered, boundless space. Glass in varying degrees of transparency and reflectivity is used to mirror the spectacular views and to dematerialize boundaries. Using neutral colors for all of the objects in this space reinforces this; the occupant and the view are the center of the experience, while the floor, walls, ceiling and equipment become secondary.

Outside of the exercise space, elements like the reception desk, the bench and the walls defining the changing and support spaces become objects that stand out as sculptural and colorful elements. They reinforce the scale of the space and help define distinct areas of activity. The twoway mirror between the reception and the exercise areas allow both spaces to benefit from the panoramic view. It allows the view to be seen in the reception area, while reflecting the view into the yoga room.

The support spaces include clean, open changing rooms with showers and locker facilities. Both of the locker rooms are located behind tall, colorful scrims that provide privacy while simultaneously maintaining a sense of a singular open volume. The massage room is removed from all of the other activities to provide a quiet meditative space.