A blend of Zen elements amid a minimalist space highlights the interior design of Fitokio, Malaysia’s first Japanese premium gym with a Lava Fitness Studio. To bring out the gym’s unique concept, the design team at Dot Works was given the flexibility to interpret the spaces using a myriad of details. Ultimately, the goal was to create a serene environment to facilitate workouts.
“For Fitokio, we wanted to avoid another typical gym design. As we were given a free hand to create the space, our intention is for it to exude a different atmosphere – one that is inspired by nature,” Jake Chow from Dot Works explains. “Women also make up the majority of their clientele; thus, the overall feel should be soothing, comforting and relaxing.”
The design team studied the site and found a good amount of natural light from several directions. To start, the cardio area was set up next to a large glass facade to take advantage of the brightly lit space. Along with a combination of natural materials like stone, wood and greenery, the cardio area offers the feeling of exercising outdoors.
In the lounge area, wood details enhance the surrounding structural elements, while a seating area offers guests a cosy place to rest and relax.
For the Lava Fitness Studio, a neutral-toned palette maintains the nature-inspired ambience while complementing the heated lava stone floor and LED light therapy.
Throughout the gym, hints of Japanese elements are also evident – for example, a Japanese handmade traditional fan at the entrance, hand-sculpted stone decors, and textured walls, which take inspiration from sand art.
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