Hardio is a contemporary multi-faceted cycling studio. It was created as an alternative to traditional gyms polluted with visual noise and bright decorations. The owner of Hardio is a lawyer and a sports fan. He had a dream about a place where he and his friends could cycle indoors in any weather conditions. He also wanted to create a space for practicing yoga and meditation. In the end, he decided to house the two activities – a had workout and meditation – under one roof, and entrusted balbek bureau with the realization of his dream.
▼项目入口的咖啡厅和接待处，the reception area and the café at the entrance ©Yevhenii Avramenko
Hardio is a 600 sq.m place with several different sports zones, massage rooms, and a lounge. It is more than a gym, it is a lifestyle center that attracts people who share the same values. It is a sport hub with its own clothing brand.
▼空间轴测图，设有数个不同的运动区、一间按摩室和一个休息区，the axon of the studio with several different sports zones, massage rooms, and a lounge ©balbek bureau
Reception area and a café set up the tone and the mood of the venue. The main color of the entire place is light grey; the main materials are cold – concrete, glass, and metal. An interior that could be called ‘ascetic’ suggests none of unnecessary distractions, and helps to say focused. This is an exercise temple that opened its doors to the sports warriors.
▼接待区和咖啡厅，采用浅灰色为主色调，the reception area and the café in the light grey tone ©Yevhenii Avramenko
▼接待区和咖啡厅，选择冷硬的混凝土、玻璃和金属等作为建筑材料，the reception area and the café whose main materials are cold – concrete, glass, and metal ©Yevhenii Avramenko
▼接待处和咖啡厅的吧台局部，partial view of the bar of the reception area and the café ©Yevhenii Avramenko
▼接待处和咖啡厅的落座区局部，partial view of the seating area of the reception area and the café ©Yevhenii Avramenko
▼瑜伽室通过金属框架的玻璃墙体与咖啡厅分隔开来，the yoga rooms are divided from the café by glass walls in metal frame ©Yevhenii Avramenko
Next to the café there are several yoga rooms. They are divided by glass walls in metal frame. When you dive deeper into the corridors, you enter more intense zones – for TRX and functional training. They are designed in a darker palette. Rooms like industrial zones with wires hanging from the ceiling, giant tires, a lot of heavy metal equipment. This place is opposite to relaxing. But still, this is just warming up.
▼健身中心的室内走廊，the interior corridor of the studio ©Yevhenii Avramenko
▼高强度运动区，室内攀爬云梯悬挂在天花板上，the more intense zones with wires hanging from the ceiling ©Yevhenii Avramenko
▼动感单车室，光线昏暗，the dark cycling zone ©Yevhenii Avramenko
▼动感单车室的墙体上设有灯带，the cycling zone with light strips on the walls ©Yevhenii Avramenko
▼动感单车室墙体细节，wall details of the cycling zone ©Yevhenii Avramenko
The most important area is a cycling zone. This is a heart of Hardio sport hub. This place is separated from the corridor with a cube made of matt glass; it brings light in the dark room, this light reflects in the mirrors, playing with the dimensions. Cycling zone is equipped with the highly technological exercise bikes, which are lined up in front of the giant screen. This 5-meter screen is the third eye of Hardio; a window inside of your body and outside to the world. All the data of your training can be projected from your bicycle to the screen, so you can look inside of yourself and control your performance. But usually, this screen is a kind of panopticon: Instead of staring on a wall you can enjoy roads and different landscapes while training. After a great exercise, you can relax on the brown cozy sofa in the café.
▼动感单车室外的休息区，设有舒适的棕色沙发，the lounge beside the cycling zone with brown cozy sofa ©Yevhenii Avramenko
▼动感单车室外的休息区，the lounge beside the cycling zone ©Yevhenii Avramenko
The glass partitions, which divide café from the yoga hall, can be folded to create a big space. Sport hub needs room to unite the community of Hardio superheroes: sometimes to discuss the fate of humanity, sometimes to celebrate. balbek bureau tried hard to meet all the expectations of sport warriors, but also provided a possibility to easily reorganize their exercise temple into a dance floor. After the hard workout, everyone needs to have some fun.
▼折叠分隔着瑜伽室和咖啡厅的玻璃隔断，以得到一个大空间，the glass partitions, which divide café from the yoga hall, can be folded to create a big space ©Yevhenii Avramenko
Two changing rooms for 50 persons each look like they were designed for well- trained soldiers. Rectangular closets of the same light grey color are lined up in a row, massive ventilation pipes are crawling on the ceiling. The corridors with concrete pillars lead to the shower rooms. The female area has a photo zone with LED lights – warriors still have to post selfies.
▼女更衣室，墙壁上设有LED灯装饰，the women’s locker room with a photo zone with LED lights ©Yevhenii Avramenko
▼女更衣室，天花板下巨大的通风管暴露在人们的视野之中，the women’s locker room, massive ventilation pipes are crawling on the ceiling ©Yevhenii Avramenko
▼男更衣室，浅灰色的矩形储物柜规则地排成几排，rectangular closets of the same light grey color are lined up in a row ©Yevhenii Avramenko
▼平面图，floor plan ©balbek bureau
Project Name: Hardio
Architecture firm: balbek bureau
Architects: Slava Balbek, Anna Kolesnik, Alena Tryhub, Alime Karimova
Project manager: Natalia Kozak Project Area: 600 м 2
Project Year: 2019
Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
Photo credits: Yevhenii Avramenko