Doppelganger

Words:
Jan-Carlos Kucharek

Gyms are an intrinsic part of generating our Instagram selfie personas – and themselves need to look good to boot to get those trend-conscious vloggers in. Cue architect Studio RHE’s latest £5 million cosmetic work in the City of London for hip health club ‘Third Space.’ Though set in the basement of the curiously neo-gothic, post-modern Minster Court, it takes the form of frenzied deconstructivism. To help the effect along, Studio RHE used 3D modelling to help engineer the tessellated copper effect ceilings in the pool and reception area. Formed of laser-cut and folded steel panels, they were stained copper and polished to provide a mirror effect so you’re never more than a short, narcissistic gaze away from your perfect self.

 

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