invisible studio designs hotel gym as a window overlooking a productive garden
 

invisible studio designs hotel gym as a window overlooking a productive garden

invisible studio, the architecture practice led by piers taylor, has built a gymnasium for a hotel in the english county of somerset — using one of the world’s largest glass panels in the process. named ‘room in a productive garden’, the gym takes the place of an orangery or greenhouse — of which there are several in the site’s adjacent courtyards. historically, these structures filled an entire north wall of a contained vegetable garden.


all images by jim stephenson

 

 

commissioned by the newt, a hotel in the grounds of somerset’s hadspen house, the 150 square meter structure (1,615 square feet) was conceived by invisible studio as more of a window than a building. internally, the gym is lined entirely in beech, with all services including lighting and ventilation concealed between the slats. the large window, measuring 15 meters in width (49ft) and 3.3 meters (11ft) in height, provides encompassing views of the garden with a minimum of distractions.

 

 

the productive garden not only provides food for the hotel, but is also an important part of the arrival experience into the gymnasium. the glass window forms a bay with glass sides, top, and seat that frames the immersive bucolic views. the external façade comprises stone sourced from the site, which was crushed and ‘rammed’ into the facing material. see designboom’s previous coverage of invisible studio’s work here.

 

 


project info:

 

architects: invisible studio
project architects: piers taylor & tara breen
structure: hydrock/tim macfarlane
M&E: E3
contractor: ken biggs
glass contractor: cantifix ltd
photography: james stephenson

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    492,661 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample