This was the brief for RMA who, with its design for One Hot Yoga Melbourne, had already established a reputation within the yoga community for sensitivity to the practice and an ability to take the aesthetic to a new aspirational level. “The Sydney space required a very different response. It is in a large two-storey space in an Art Deco building in Kings Cross, which is flooded with light and has generous spaces with an exposed-frame roof structure in steel,” says Mills. The approach to the interior has been defined by creating a calm, restorative space that takes its cues from residential designs and cuts loose from what had become the tropes of traditional gyms. At play is a softer, more feminine palette – the steel-framed windows, traditionally painted black, are white; the artwork is by Joshua Yeldham, a Melbourne-born artist living in the Hawkesbury region, whose work is thoughtful and considered. The rug’s soft tones are more suited to a residential living space than a commercial one, and instead of a desk there is a communal table. The signals are refined yet welcoming – the judgments around tactility, material palette, space and light convey a sense of purposeful serenity that whole-heartedly echoes the brand’s ambitions. These qualities are supported by every physical interaction with the space – the leather pads on timber benches, the brass fittings and the generous sweep of linen curtains all align to imbue the place with a sense of quiet generosity delivered through quality materials that are engineered to last.
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