Central Park West Gym
New York City
This 2000 sf private gym occupies the cellar space of a luxury pre-war coop
apartment building on Central Park West in Manhattan. The main goal in designing
the gym was to resist producing a space that would resemble a basement
recreation room. In doing so, the strategy was to treat the space as one section
of a long volume that expands beyond the confines of the cellar walls.
Scale is expanded through the composition of architectural elements.
An indoor racket glass wall system creates a transparent plane on
one side of the room while a folded, translucent plane on the opposite side is
backlit to dematerialize the surfaces. Narrow, opaque bands of white oak form
shelves that float in the middle of the glowing planes. Mirrors mask one of the
long walls of the space while windows in the opposite wall provide views of the
courtyard. The thick composite flooring made from recycled material provides a