Building on the success of two award winning studios in London, BLOK takes its world class fitness experience to its first site outside of the capital. BLOK Manchester is located in Ducie Street Warehouse, the Northern Quarter, Manchester.
The rich palette of a Victorian warehouse with vaulted brick ceilings and dominant column and beam structure provides an impressive envelope in which Daytrip have formed new insertions to define studio and circulation spaces. By shifting rooms like blocks, Daytrip has created an exciting navigation route, using level changes, cantilevers and around an expressive art installation by Ben Cullen-Williams.
a Victorian warehouse with vaulted brick ceilings
and dominant column and beam structure
The suspended light sculpture, titled Kinesthesia, entices you into the space, producing a modern take on form and movement within the capacity of light. Built with pulsing LEDs, this free standing installation replicates the awareness of the body through sensations in the muscles, joints and tendons. As movement stops, energy is caught and harnesses into a single sequence within the sculpture. This visual allows the viewer to experience the movement of the bodies as an echo of their own nerve endings.
▼“Kinesthesia”的悬挂式光雕，the suspended light sculpture, titled Kinesthesia
Since BLOK opened in 2016, Daytrip.studio has been appointed to consult the design process along with lighting design studio There’s Light. Together, BLOK and Daytrip push boundaries and look at ways to bring energy and disruption to the existing space through twisting and cutting forms and using exciting vibrant materials which emanate movement and light. Defined by a fusion of Victorian and contemporary design, BLOK Manchester expresses a commanding industrial presence.
▼极具工业风的入口空间，entrance space with industrial style
▼瑜伽馆柔和空间，soft yoga space
The core palette of BLOK interiors recreates a gallery aesthetic through soft light washes paired neutral colour tones and clean lines. For the Manchester location new materials were added to the palette to compliment the building these include a quarry tile floor, cast structural glass walls and metallic pops of colour in blues and lilacs to match the existing Victorian colours.
▼拳击馆，the Boxing studio
The Boxing studio has a poured concrete floor, large steel rig structure and expanded metal lathing which creates a robust environment. By contrast the yoga studio is a mix of soft timber and acid etched mirror glazing to feel calm and relaxed. The yoga studio cantilevers over the boxing studio as a glowing lightbox, creating a literal juxtaposition of the two disciplines. Daytrip. studio partnered with There’s Light to provide each studio its own distinct lighting approach.
the large steel frame structure and porous metal slats
create a rugged environment
The barre studio has darker tones combined with natural light and large valchromat storage units. Darkened mirrors enhance the palette, coupled with high powered LED modules, intentionally discreet in dimension freeing up the view of the vaulted ceilings and historical columns. The changing rooms have a utility feel, with a complex grid of glazed tiles wrapping the walls and ceiling. Floating tile benches complete the graphic setting out.
▼barre教室，the barre studio
BLOK坐落在一栋设计精美的建筑中，凭借着在开发和执行过程中对细节的极度关注而被Forbes在2019年誉为一件 “由内而外的艺术品”。全球知名的静物和时尚摄影师Max Oppenheim作为本次项目的创意总监，与Aspley集团前总裁Ed Stanbury合作，通过对细节的敏锐洞察力，来传达了对美学和建筑的浓厚热情与独到理解。
Partnering the ground floor of Ducie Street Warehouse with CULTUREPLEX, both parties share a design language to segue from the coffee Klatch to the BLOK reception. As both spaces begin to meet, the design seamlessly merge together with shared materials, continuing the unique customer experience.
Set in beautifully designed buildings, BLOK has been noted as ‘piece of art within itself’ (Forbes, 2019), with extreme attention to detail throughout the development and execution of design. Creative Director Max Oppenheim, a globally renowned Still Life and Fashion Photographer, paired with Ed Stanbury, Former CEO of Aspley Group, have a keen eye for detail and come together with a clear passion and understanding for aesthetics and construction.
▼更衣室，the changing room