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Hospitality Design Excellence Award
Presented to HOK
Equinox
Houston, Texas

Project Description

Located in the new River Oaks District retail development, the 2-story 32,000 SF luxury fitness center represents Equinox’s first Houston location. Comprised of cardio and strength training areas, fitness and yoga studios, steam and massage rooms, retail and juice bar, respite and lounge spaces for social interaction as well as a kids’ club, the design provides not just a full service fitness club but a high performance lifestyle destination. Enhanced with dramatic lighting, the high-contrast scheme juxtaposing exposed structure and metal finishes with curvilinear lounge lighting, the high-contrast scheme juxtaposing exposed structure and metal finishes with curvilinear lounge furniture in luxurious textiles and organic pendant fixtures reinforces the entergetic and dynamic program.

Although it is a well-established international brand with a bold personality, the client charged the team with designing a space infused with local culture. Central to the plan is a magnificent staircase unifying the varied programmatic spaces and anchoring them to the entrance, recalling the experience of arriving at one of the prestigious neighborhood’s stately homes.

Further challenging the team, the club’s location adjacent to a restaurant and office lease space on the floor above, acoustical separation became a critical factor in the project’s success. These acoustic concerns drove the solution to incorporate an isolating jack slab but required significant coordination to deliver a seamless space without interruptions from ramps and handrails at the flooring transitions.