estúdio AMATAM completes industrial ‘krush it’ boutique fitness club in portugal

estúdio AMATAM completes industrial ‘krush it’ boutique fitness club in portugal


portuguese-based architecture firm estúdio AMATAM completes construction of its state-of-the-art fitness boutique ‘krush it’ in braga, portugalthe main goal of the project was designing a gym to look as unique as possible, while keeping a low budget — as a result, the designers used modest materials in innovative ways, giving the fitness center an industrial yet luxurious look.

the functional training space is divided into several training stations



estúdio AMATAM was constrained to developing a plan within an existing 290 sqm retail space. each studio features one essential activity: functional training divided into several training stations and a studio for spinning  classes (including an amphitheatre with invigorating music). the walls are built using concrete blocks, most of which are left uncovered, while the training room uses recycled rubber flooring because of its ability to absorb impact and reduce noise. to emphasize the reception, the lounge area and dressing rooms use glossy square tiles enhancing the contrast between the surrounding materials. moreover, most of the materials use a monochromatic gray to black color scheme, in order to give a certain roughness to the space.

the training area features recycled rubber flooring

a double inverted is designed to allow the instructor and the XL screen to be seen by the gym-goers

the spinning area is painted in black, while the RGB led tape changes the mood of the studio and highlights the space’s shape

the reception area is lit by vertical industrial light fittings framed by distended metal sheet

the entrance and lounge area

the black-tiled reception desk

the concrete cladded floors of the corridor leading to the dressing rooms

the waiting area outside the dressing rooms

the dressing room is completely monochromatic

the dressing area

graphic design detail




project info:


project: krush-it, boutique fitness club
architects: estúdio amatam
site of the building: avenida do cavado, centro comercial nova arcada, 4700-084 braga, portugal
completion date: setembro / 2016
total area: 291 sqm 
client: seasonreturn s.a.
authors: joão amaral, manuela tamborino
address of studio: rua conde de ferreira nº 3, quarteirão das artes | 5, 2804-251 almada | portugal
telephone: +351 917834037 / 963556396
e-mail address: [email protected]
photographer: invisible gentleman
graphic design and film producer: deadinbeirute
electrical engineering: melo rodrigues–engenharia, lda.
mechanical engineering: spm engenharia
plumbing engineering: dse – desenvolvimento e soluções de engenharia de edifícios, lda.
3d animation: d22– 3d architectural visualization studio



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