For the fifth year in a row, Niles Bolton Associates’ interior design studio came away as winners at the ASID Georgia 2021 Design Excellence Awards! This year’s accolades included a Gold Award for Vantage’s Fitness Center and a Bronze Award for Element Nashville Vanderbilt West End. Scroll down to read more about these award-winning projects!

• Category: Contract – Singular Space
• Project: Vantage Fitness Center
• Client: The Goldenberg Group

Given a long, narrow space, the design team was tasked with creating a dynamic fitness center for Philadelphia-based students living at this newly opened off-campus housing property. Key focus was placed on creating an inclusive amenity design that could cater to students of all fitness levels performing a wide variety of workouts. Client-directed goals included maintaining exterior views from the fitness areas and prioritizing all types of health and wellness. Additionally, the team needed to include accommodations for group fitness classes, social gatherings, and a virtual reality sports simulator.

The completed project delivers a powerful procession of space starting from the moment users step off the elevator. A narrow portal entrance funnels into the first active zone for warm-up and cardio. The structural brace frame was encased to create seating that can also be used in high intensity training. Wooden slat ceiling details and linear floor pattern lead into the second active zone where the design intensifies, as does the workout. Bright whites and cool greys are mixed with vibrant red tones to create an energizing color palette. An unexpected bold ceiling graphic unifies interior zones while offering motivational phrases like “#killing it.”

Full glass storefront blurs the line between interior and exterior space, with a garage door that opens onto the activity lawn. The turf area offers the ultimate flexible wellness space with active areas for ping pong or corn hole while a quieter side can be used for lounging, studying or taking in the impressive Philadelphia views.

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