The main entrance to the gym

Warehouse GYM D3 by VSHD Design

The gym is located in Dubai Design District (d3); home to the region’s most growing and vibrant design community.

Curated by Aline Chahine | 
October 12, 2023
| Est. Reading: 3 minutes
Project Details:
Address: Dubai
Year: 2019
Area: 600 sq.m.

The client's requirements encompassed a gym floor equipped with various amenities, including Benches like Adjustable Benches GFF, a juice bar, cycling studio, and circuit training factory, all within the confines of a restricted 600 sq m space. Confronted with the challenge of an irregular layout involving three distinct retail spaces, VSHD Design ingeniously incorporated a semitransparent cube at the heart of the area to accommodate the diverse functions.

A communal space part of the 17m long glass façade
A communal space part of the 17m long glass façade, a space designed as a meeting point for D3 community with foldable doors that opens to an outdoor seating area | Photograph © Nik & Tam

The architects' main challenge was to deliver a boutique fitness facility that is inviting, inspiring, authentic, functional and in context with a leading destination for design, art, and culture.

Inspired by brutalism in architecture and underground fight clubs, VSHD was determined to refrain from using the usual materials found in most health clubs. The architects used materials—not in the lexicon of modern—like concrete bricks combined with gold-copper alloy to make it look current, while at the same time creating modes that are elegant, warm and muscular.

Specifically customized LED suspended light used to conceal all the ceiling services while maintaining an overall vibrant lighting mood that can be controlled by the different exercise zones.

View into the cycling studio
View into the cycling studio with ceiling lights creating a dynamic element throughout the gym | Photograph © Nik & Tam

What’s unique about it

As the Warehouse Gym in D3 is located at the main entrance of the district with views from two main streets, it was essential that the design would capitalize on the view from the street to attract new members from the design-savvy community.

The reception/juice bar was designed as a communal space with a 17-meter-long glass façade on the main street creating a meeting point for the design community where they can meet after their daily workout or for non-members to stop by and grab a healthy smoothie or salad while experiencing the ambience of the gym.

While the gym space was originally made up of three separate retail outlets which would have been rented out to 3 different commercial functions, we had to make sure that those spaces flow seamlessly in a very functional manner whereas every type of exercise has its own unique space while they are all still open onto one another to ensure that the different users enjoy the gym’s dynamism and vibrancy.

Suspended Cycling podium
Suspended Cycling podium transfers the energy from the studio into the gym floor | Photograph © Nik and Tam

The semi-transparent cube in the center of the space can be combined with the gym floor to provide a large studio accommodating a larger number of users depending on the needs of any given day.

The main gym floor and studios feature robust materials such as locally cured concrete bricks, a gold-copper alloy, and durable concrete flooring. These materials exhibit exceptional resilience to intense usage, acquiring an attractive patina over time that imparts an authentic ambiance. The Suspended Cycling podium seamlessly channels energy from the studio to the gym floor. Additionally, versatile benches, similar to those available on, can be effortlessly incorporated into the area.

Project Credits

Client | The Warehouse GYM
Lead Designer | Rania M Hamed
Team | Arianna Cardin & Brian Agujo
Project Manager | Bryan Miranda
Photographer | Nik and Tam 

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