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a new frontier in gym interior design: the biophilic gym

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More often than not, gyms are not particularly appealing spaces. Biophilic gyms instead question all we imagine when thinking about a gym.

The concept of biophilic gym includes all that is missing in regular gyms:

In a biophilic gym, everything is designed around wellbeing. And in fact, going to the gym should be a pleasure, an act of love towards ourselves, not just another appointment on the agenda!

So let’s dig deeper into the elements of a biophilic gym!

View of a biophilic gym with plants hanging on the walls, a mural depicting a soothing forest and grass-like carpet.
Credit: Biofit gym in London

the design

Like in every biophilic design, it all starts with abundant natural light. As a complement, human-centric artificial lighting gifts guests with an energizing effect during the day and a relaxing one in the evening.

Real plants enrich the space and natural scents (like pine essential oil) are diffused to enhance the sense of wellbeing. This so-called forest aromatherapy carries indoors some of the health benefits of walking in nature, bringing the experience of a training session to a whole new level.

View of a biophilic gym showing wide floor-to-ceiling windows that let in a lot of natural light.
Credit: Biofit gym in London (design by Lily Jencks Studio)

the training equipment

Forget that infinite line of exercise bikes and treadmills! In a biophilic gym, the keyword is low-tech. Made of sustainable natural materials, the equipment is an occasion to introduce natural textures and add a tactile experience to the workout.

Close-up view of a wooden training equipment with plenty of hanging plants on the wall behind.
Credit: Lily Jencks Studio

The space is made up of different zones, each specific for a type of training. But the separation is only visual. It’s the case of the example below, where a huge vertical garden leaves its place to a line of wall-hanging plants that then turn into a wood climbing wall. The fact that nature is the overall inspiration ties the whole space together creating the feeling of a true wellness oasis.

3D view of the different areas of a biophilic gym, all seamlessly tied together.
Credit: Biofit

finishing touches

From grass-like carpet to textured wall panelling, the design of a biophilic gym features many tactile stimulations, which is the technical name for that deeply-rooted desire to go and touch something.

Last but not least, the choice of acoustic music creates an overall soothing atmosphere. And the loudspeakers’ natural finish makes them blend with the rest of the design seamlessly.

Another view of a biophilic gym. The overall feel is to be immersed in nature, and is achieved with real plants and nature-inspired finishes like a mural depicting a forest and a grass-like carpet.
Credit: Biofit gym in London (design by Lily Jencks Studio)
Close-up view of some equipment and a wooden loudspeaker.
Credit: Biofit gym in Stockholm

The concept of biophilic gym is relatively new, but popularizing it would surely make gyms more inviting! Biofit is a label that identifies biophilic gyms around the world. Or – as they like to say – they aim at creating training environments where “Vitamin Nature is maximized”… brilliant!

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