developed alongside the fitness brand ‘b-monster,’ CROX has created an impressive studio for boxing enthusiasts in the xuhui district of shanghai, china. ‘b-monster’ is currently at the forefront of a new trend in ‘dark’ boxing, where gym-goers participate in high-intensity workouts in club-like settings. in this project, the architect has designed a series of dramatic spaces to equal this bold creative concept.

CROX designs dramatic shanghai boxing studio for the ultimate stress release

all images by chishou wang (xiang studio), courtesy of crox

 

 

the aesthetics of the reception and circulation areas are typified by the thick concrete that has been used to give the impression of a cave-like setting. the curving concrete walls and roughly cut openings aim to create a completely immersive experience. in their design, CROX wanted visitors to feel like they could be stepping into an original cave that has existed for thousands of years. by displaying the works of new york street graffiti artist alexander kaletski, the spaces echo the earliest cave paintings and forms a bridge between ancient and modern times.

CROX designs dramatic shanghai boxing studio for the ultimate stress release

 

 

the red changing room is intense and striking. CROX has used this color to provoke excitement and buzz before visitors enter the main boxing studio, which is designed to give the sensation of a club experience. dazzling neon lights and a live dj are both there to encourage users to release tension in a high intensity workout. overall, the boxing studio is a modern and primitive blend of shanghai style, which envelops people in a space designed for expressing their emotions and pure stress relief.

CROX designs dramatic shanghai boxing studio for the ultimate stress release

CROX designs dramatic shanghai boxing studio for the ultimate stress release

CROX designs dramatic shanghai boxing studio for the ultimate stress release

CROX designs dramatic shanghai boxing studio for the ultimate stress release

CROX designs dramatic shanghai boxing studio for the ultimate stress release

CROX designs dramatic shanghai boxing studio for the ultimate stress release

CROX designs dramatic shanghai boxing studio for the ultimate stress release

CROX designs dramatic shanghai boxing studio for the ultimate stress release

 

 

project info:

project name: b-monster: caves with magnificent dreams

design company: crox

design team: c.r.lin, bentao li, chenxiang xu, peigeng huang

location: poly time, xuhui district, shanghai, china

completion: 2018.11

construction materials: cement, wood, black stainless steel, grinding stone

floor area: 720 ㎡ 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lynne myers | designboom

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