Windy City Strength + Conditioning
Location: Chicago - Uptown
Status: Construction Completed 2015
Scope: Space Planning + Concept Design
While at SIDE Architecture (now Ellipsis Architecture), I was tasked with developing a space planning strategy for a growing gym that was undergoing a brand overhaul. The overall process stemmed from research into the programmatic needs of the space, and the required equipment for it's use; as well as the desire to preserve the gritty character of the building that is so synonmous with the crossfit culture.
Through an iterative investigation, the main entrance was relocated to the building's underutilized corner to allow for a better flow and higher street presence. Once inside, athletes are greeted by a reception and retail area. Along the same corridor are a series of volumes that act as spaces within the space that divide the work out zone from the leisure zone. This new plan allows members of the gym to transition into the proper mindset to successfully complete their workout.
Project Team: Paul Tebben + Jeremy Gentile