The first Houston location of this upscale, full-service fitness brand creates a sanctuary of health and wellness in the city’s River Oaks residential community.
The center is located at the heart of a high-end retail complex. The functional yet elegant design integrates conceptual elements that define the region, including Houston’s commitment to the arts and Southern hospitality. Collectively, these elements express a sense of history and local culture while supporting the Equinox brand.
The first floor includes a lobby reception area, retail store, juice bar and sales offices. A mezzanine level houses lounge spaces and a glass box seating area partially suspended over the retail space. The second floor features strength and cardio areas, a lounge, locker rooms and individual studios for yoga, Pilates, barre and group fitness classes.
The centerpiece is a grand staircase composed of blackened steel with a screen divider flanking both sides that runs the full height of the center. From the first floor, the screen provides partial privacy for the mezzanine space. On the second floor, it connects with a double-stacked wood “up-and-over” feature to form a bridge between the lounge and locker rooms. Resembling a catwalk, the bridge creates a showcase for the fitness space and its occupants.