Tru3 Yoga is a studio located around the coastline of Kuwait. This project has been designed by combining four existing apartments of an entire floor within a residential complex.
▼工作室中心区域全景，overview of the central space of the studio ©João Morgado
建筑师以日式空间的设计原则为基础，提出了整体式的设计概念，以最少的材料色调打造出一个简洁的瑜伽空间。日式慢生活的基调和“Ikigai”的生活理念（一种集合了日语词ikiru – 即生之欲和kai – 即实现自己所盼的思想，可理解为“生命的真谛”或“寻找真理和幸福”）贯穿了整个设计。受人体在瑜伽中所展现的曲线美的启发，建筑师将精神、肉体和灵等魂三个元素纳入了设计概念中。
▼将精神、肉体和灵魂三个元素纳入设计概念中，connecting three factors: mind, body, and soul to the design ©ITGinteriors
A holistic design approach has been adapted through Japanese design principles in terms of a minimal material palette and overall simplicity. Tru3 Yoga is influenced by the Japanese slow living or “Ikigai,” a Japanese term translated to “reason for being” or finding truth and happiness. The main concept of the design is inspired by the curvaceous body forms integrated within the Yoga practice while connecting to three factors: mind, body, and soul.
▼功能气泡图，zoning and proximity ©ITGinteriors
▼位于中心位置的接待区，the reception area at the heart of the studio ©João Morgado
The heart of the studio is the reception area where the bold curvaceous form of the counter, bronze tinted glass blocks, lavish use of greenery, and delicate earth tones, welcomes one into the space. There is a sense of fluidity of movement within the design due to the curvaceous forms; a recurring feature adapted further into the ceiling and the walls. The forbo vinyl flooring applied to the main corridor suits the aesthetic of the space, which acts as the spine that aids in connecting the distinguished areas of the yoga studio. In addition, lighting is designed to be adjustable to cater to the functions of the various yoga practices and also sets the mood of the studio.
▼接待区内造型大胆的曲线形柜台和柜台后方青铜色的玻璃砖，the counter of bold curvaceous form and the bronze tinted glass blocks ©João Morgado
▼等候区，the waiting area ©João Morgado
The design of the space is segregated into distinguished areas which accommodates the wellbeing of the mind, body, and soul. For instance, the tea room is the representation of the mind. Inspired by a traditional Japanese tea house with its low height table and seating units; this space is ideal for individuals to enjoy and connect with the community. The sun room is the biggest studio which targets the body. We have custom designed the ceiling to suit the function of the space by situating and embedding x-mounts cleverly for the use of aerial yoga. Whereas the moon room is the smaller studio targeting the emotional and spiritual self.
▼阳光房，the sun room ©João Morgado
▼在阳光房的天花板中嵌入一系列X型的底座以满足空中瑜伽的需求，situating and embedding x-mounts on the ceiling cleverly for the use of aerial yoga ©João Morgado
▼月光室，the moon room ©João Morgado
▼从月光室看茶室，viewing the tea room from the moon room ©João Morgado
▼代表着精神空间的茶室，the tea room that is the representation of the mind ©João Morgado
Both studios have an abundant use of natural light and materials; oak wood and exposed concrete along with added greenery radiate an honest and positive aesthetic within the overall design. Strong reflective elements such as mirrors are purposely avoided in the functioning studios so people are able to focus more on achieving their full potential without being self-conscious. Alternatively, subtle reflective elements such as bronze tinted glass blocks further lighten up both studios while still providing visual obscuration as well as thermal and acoustic insulation.
▼从等候区看接待区前台，橡木、裸露的混凝土和新增的绿色植物呈现出一种真实而积极的美感，vieiwng the reception area from the waiting area, oak wood and exposed concrete along with added greenery radiate an honest and positive aesthetic ©João Morgado
▼青铜色的玻璃砖不仅进一步提高了工作室的亮度，还提供了视觉遮挡，the bronze tinted glass blocks further lighten up both studios while still providing visual obscuration ©João Morgado
▼橡木与绿植，the oak and the greenery ©João Morgado
Lastly, the changing room area is an extension of the overall minimal design aesthetic with hidden frameless toilet doors, corian communal sink, with off-white textured wall paint and linen curtains. The use of bronze mirror combined with indoor-plants opens the overall distinguished space.
▼更衣室及其细节，the changing room and its details ©João Morgado
In conclusion, Tru3 Yoga is the ideal safe haven for individuals to escape from busy life and release their physical and emotional tensions.
▼工作室前台（左）和玻璃砖墙面（右）细节，details of the reception counter (left) and the glass blocks (right) ©João Morgado
▼工作室走廊，the corridor of the studio ©João Morgado
▼空间与绿植相结合，the plants complement the space ©João Morgado
▼空间细节，space details ©João Morgado
▼天花板细节，ceiling details ©João Morgado
▼项目中所使用的材料和色调，the material palette in the project ©ITGinteriors
▼平面布置图，layout plan ©ITGinteriors
▼剖面图及局部场景，section and perspectives ©ITGinteriors
Project name: Tru3 Yoga
Architect’s Firm: ITGinteriors
Project location: Ras Salmiyah, Kuwait
Completion Year: March, 2019
Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 257 sqm
Lead Architects: ITGinteriors
Photo credits: João Morgado