Text description provided by the architects. Estúdio Pretto specializes in Functional training and Sports Conditioning. They hired Arquitetura Nacional to design their new - and much larger- space. Located in the same neighborhood - Moinhos de Vento - the studio now occupies an entire floor of a newly built commercial space, featuring original concrete slab that was kept intact and aparent.
The proposal sought maximum visual integration of spaces - as the training requires constant communication between teachers and students. However, compartmentalization of the respective areas was necessary: the reception and lounge area, the locker rooms, warm-up area and training - achieved through changes in the floors designs. The lounge and reception area received a stronger marking: floors, walls and ceiling were painted yellow. The idea was to create a living space - previously non-existent in the old space - an area where the students can rest and, more importantly, socialize out of training hours.
The training area divides in shades of gray and black. The goal is that a student can intuitively understand the spaces the moment he enters the training zone, preparing the mood. The specific floors for each type of practice alternate in space, respecting circulation flows. Ropes in 5 different colors run throughout the ceiling - starting all together and following the paths of the concrete beams until each one follows it's own course.
Main partitions are made of iron frames, with checkerboard shape, remembering old industrial buildings. The use of small tiles and neon lights also bring a vintage mood for the studio. The idea is that it is a timeless space with elements that refer to good things from the past, but with a simple and contemporary language. In this sense, the choice of furniture also had the same objective: the studio can grow healthily, with a strong character that lasts over the many years of future success.