Inspired by the client’s deep connection to the ocean and a desire to create an organic, sensory experience for their guests, Warrior One is a yoga studio with transportive and tactile qualities. Designed by Melbourne-based design practice Golden, the project serves as yet another example that proves our obsession with beautifully designed wellness spaces is on the rise.

Driven by Golden’s belief in a holistic approach to wellbeing, a calming entrance – notable for sisal carpet uniquely applied to the ceiling – sets the tone for a textural exploration of materials. A custom counter by Melbourne stonemason and artist Den Holm typifies what is a physical manifestation of sophisticated, contemporary coastal culture.

Expansive fluted-glass sliding doors filter daylight into the first of two yoga studios, divided by custom bi-fold doors detailed with wallpaper and solid oak. Integrated joinery provides a platform for the instructor whilst cleverly concealing equipment, and architectural hardwood beams overhead create a subtle rhythm. A hand-textured wall enhances the sense of raw and organic, completing the inspiring space.

Elsewhere, guest amenities and change rooms further the notion of a calming retreat. Joinery imagined in warm walnut timber-veneer is designed to house personal belongings, while custom day beds encourage moments of quiet reprieve. The adjacent bathrooms make a bold statement with vast swathes of pink marble. Contrasting brass fixtures bring a sense of quiet indulgence; reflective of a space designed for transcendent experiences.

Warrior One will soon be complemented by an equally inspired café – designed by Golden, and due for completion in late 2018.


Related: Stories On Design // The Rise of Designer Health Studios & Gyms.


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[Images courtesy of Golden. Photography by Sharyn Cairns.]


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